The National Hockey League has made its decision on Marian Hossa, ruling him eligible to be placed on long-term injured reserve once the regular season begins.
It was announced in June that Hossa will miss the 2017-18 season due to a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat it.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman made it clear over the summer that his plan was to utilize LTIR in the regular season rather than offseason, if granted, to give the team cap flexibility during the season, so there are no surprises there. The league simply made it official.
Here's where it gets tricky financially.
Our friends at CapFriendly.com laid out the Blackhawks' expected plan as to how they'll become cap compliant then maximize their cap space throughout the course of the year:
Essentially, the Blackhawks will be allowed to exceed the $75 million salary cap ceiling by as much as Rozsival's $650,000 cap hit then utilize Hossa's $5.275 million cap hit throughout the season.
It will (hopefully) become clearer after the first day of the season when the actual roster is set, the Opening Day call-ups are made and the dust settles.
After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.
Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.
"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.
"What was said this time around crossed the line."
The Capitals released a statement about the incident:
"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."
The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.
Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.
"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."
The Capitals released the full interview.
Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.
Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.
Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:
After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: