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Antoine Vermette

Blackhawks could get salary-cap relief from Marian Hossa's absence

Blackhawks could get salary-cap relief from Marian Hossa's absence

Marian Hossa's absence for the 2017-18 season will have major implications on the Blackhawks' complicated salary-cap situation — and it might end up providing them with some cap relief, although they'd rather have a healthy Hossa playing for them.

Hossa signed a 12-year, $63.3 million deal with the Hawks before the 2009-10 season. Most of the money was front-loaded, and Hossa stands to make $1 million in each of the final four seasons even though he carries a cap hit of $5.275 million.

Under the current collective bargaining agreement, signed before the 2013 season, teams can face harsh recapture penalties if a player retires before the end of such a long-term...

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