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.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Tracey Myers and Pat Boyle discuss Nick Schmaltz returning to the Blackhawks line-up on Wednesday night and which player is looking forward most to his return?
They also weigh in on Corey Crawford’s incredible start to the season and why he’s the major reason why the Hawks begin the week in first place in the Central.
They also discuss who is the biggest Hawks rivalry right now, which new defenseman has impressed the most and how is Connor Murphy dealing with being a healthy scratch at times this season?
Plus, they discuss someone other than Nick Schmaltz returning to work on Wednesday night.
Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:
Eddie Olczyk will return to the broadcast booth for Wednesday's Blackhawks-Blues game, according to USA Today's Kevin Allen.
The news comes six weeks after the Chicago legend began chemotherapy for colon cancer. And although he made a brief, emotional return on Oct. 7 -- putting on the headset to join Pat Foley for a moment during intermission -- he will provide color commentary for the entire game on Wednesday. He'll call the rivalry matchup alongside Doc Emrick on NBCSN.
Olczyk, who grew up in Palos Heights and attended Brother Rice, will take the mic again the following night as the Blackhawks welcome the Edmonton Oilers to the United Center. As for the rest of the season, he plans to work when his health allows.
“We have some dates that we have highlighted and hopefully I will be strong to do the job,” Olczyk told USA Today. “If I am not feeling good, I just have to be honest with everyone and tell them I can’t do it.”
It'll be nice to see Edzo back at work, providing dynamite analysis and passing along tips to all those young hockey players out there.