Originally Posted by newfcollins
I'm the one thatv said Hossa. The Blackhawks need cap space. A chance to save $5,275,000 in cap space each year for the next eight years. He'll actually be 41 at the time his contract is up, so if Hossa does play the whole time, that's a good chunk of change for a guy who injured often.
The Hawks have $57 million committed already for the 2013-14 season (that doesn't include Olesz), in 10 forwards, six defencemen and one goalie. And they will have to re-sign Leddy, and Rozsival if they choose to keep him.
I also never believe in the whole "He's making $1 million, so he'll retire" thing. A bunch of guys have made less money at the end of their deals but still play (Alfie being the most recent example). So until he retires, I wouldn't count on it.
newf- If the Hawks pick Hossa how much of the contract do they have to pay out? I know with the NBA, the team has to pay the entire contract of the player. If it's the total amount, do you see any way the Hawks pay that much money for Hossa? Last year, I was happy when Hawks traded Campbell but they didn't replace his contract. Granted, they were paying Olesz and Huet but they were roughly 4 m under the cap last year.
And you're right that Hossa might not retire at 38 but he would be desirable to a team trying to get to the salary cap floor with his 5.2 M sal cap hit but a 1 M salary.
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