18 thoughts on “Report: NHL Allows Marian Hossa On LTIR

  1. CapFriendly shows DeBrincat is not on the roster. I didn’t see anything posted that he was sent down, and most likely it’s the paper game Stan is playing to be cap compliant before putting Hossa on LTIR and putting DeBrincat back on the roster … just making a not that as of right now D-Cat is off the roster.

  2. Wall, there is no doubt – you are his first love. You have a special place in his heart that the rest of us can only dream of. Your legacy is secure.

  3. I had to practically beg to be recognized but I’m slowly working my way up. ER and Wall….the real messages are easy enough to spot. Your identities are safe and your input is always highly valued.

  4. Just spit balling here … now that Hossa’s LTIR is confirmed – how to best spend the money to improve the team. I think the most pressing need is for a legit top-4 d-man. So, I went looking through CapFriendly to get a sense of which teams may have a top-4 d-man they would be willing to part with for something we have they need. The one I came up with is Pittsburgh, who have supposedly been looking for a 3rd line center. So, here’s what I propose:

    To Chicago: Olli Maatta ($4.08M)
    To Pittsburgh: Artem Anisimov ($4.55M)

    That vastly improves our d-corps while saving almost $500K in Cap space. But it obviously vastly weakens our center position. So, if the idea of Kero and Dauphin being the bottom-6 centers disturbs you, I propose a second trade:

    To Chicago: Matt Duchene ($6M)
    To Colorado: Connor Murphy ($3.850M) and a prospect/draft pick.

    So it’s basically Anisimov and Murphy for Duchene and Maatta, for the price of the difference in cap hits of $1.68M. Obviously Pittsburgh and Colorado would need to see the trades as I do, and I don’t know what Colorado would want in addition to Murphy, so lot’s of speculation on my part, but I think Duchene > Anisimov and Maatta > Murphy and $1.68M of cap space is a price I would be willing to spend.

    Saad-Toews-Panik
    Sharp-Duchene-Kane
    DeBrincat-Schmaltz-Hartman
    Harden-Kero-Wingels/Bouma

    Keith-Rutta
    Maatta-Seabrook
    Kempny-Oesterle/Franson

    And there’s still over $3M of cap space for a TDL pickup or two.

  5. I am not surprised by the NHL decision regarding Hossa. I just wish he was playing! Pre-season hockey gives us so little to watch except for a younger player or two making an unexpected positive splash. I liked what I saw from Hayden, and clearly the Dcat kid has scoring skills. Slots to be filled on defense leave some question marks in my eyes. Forsling has some offensive confidence and skill, but presently has defensive shortcomings not yet solved. Forsberg played well and while Darling will of course be missed, this kid looks promising. I believe Kempny will improve. If Rutta sticks at least those guys can talk to each other. Hammer was not replaceable, but Murphy is happy to move bodies which apart from Seabs, no one on Hawks has been willing/able to do this for a few years. Yes Rozy could move people out, but he had to get to them first….With the present D squad it will be interesting to see how they mesh. Samuelsson has his work cut-out for him. While the sample size sucked in pre-season the PP kind of looked better.

    From what I have seen early, Toews appears to be even leaner than last year, which for me is not a good sign. I very much hope I am wrong about this. If the Cpt. does not revert back to the player that used to be so physically strong on the puck the team will suffer greatly imo. I say this as a huge Toews fan that is really pulling for him to be the player he used to be.

    So much every season depends on teams staying healthy, especially the core players. Last year the team was fortunate to have young guys step up. It will be necessary again this year via Hayden, Schmaltz, Dcat if he sticks. I see Saad as an overall upgrade in the bigger picture vs Panarin given the broader skill set he brings. Plus, I get to happily resurrect my Saad shirt more regularly. Sharpy’s smarts and skills sure can’t hurt either. I’m happy he is back even though that guy out on the ice is likely reduced from where he was when he left. Kane should be Kane and Crow should be solid.

    I like the Hawks being passed over by many analysts. It was that way a year ago to start the season. It’s all about getting into playoffs healthy. Another first round exit would be the sign that massive changes need to be made. The Cpt. needs to earn his money this season.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  6. Probably a coincidence but curious timing that this “decision” had to wait until the very day after Jagr signed. I don’t think he was the direction we wanted to go anyway though.

  7. I’m glad the NHL approved Hossa for LTIR but boy do I miss him. He was always so steady and what a role model for the young guys. Go Hawks!!

  8. I think anyone would support those trades ER, but not sure if the other teams would go for them. Obviously those final lines would be unreal. I think Stan is going to make sure he holds onto Murphy to prove it was a good trade.

  9. Besides being Blackhawk people, with Bicks having what he had/s and not being able to ltir that caphit with a legit injury/illness, etc. (even though we didnt know then) it would have pissed me off they didnt comply with this litr.

    Hoss is ltir for a few yrs, would his name be on the Cup.

  10. agree, the ltir will be helpful, but missing #81 will rough. hope that his health is better away form the rink

  11. @Ebonyraptor …… enjoy your posts but please not Olli Maatta. My Pittsburgh fan friend would love that deal, because he was a turnover machine for the Pens in the playoffs. All due respect, I’d keep Anisimov due to his net presence and try to develop a D guy. But, you never know what moves SB will make.

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