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How Blackhawks will become cap compliant, maximize salary space after Marian Hossa ruled eligible for long-term IR

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How Blackhawks will become cap compliant, maximize salary space after Marian Hossa ruled eligible for long-term IR

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.

Showtime: Blackhawks' Patrick Kane scores overtime winner against Panthers

Showtime: Blackhawks' Patrick Kane scores overtime winner against Panthers

Did anyone order a game-winning goal in overtime?

Patrick Kane sent Blackhawks fans home happy after potting the game-winner to give Chicago a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers in extra time on Tuesday night at the United Center.

Slump officially broken? Might be safe to say.

On Sunday night, Kane snapped out of a four-game pointless streak — his longest streak since the 2009-10 season — and entered the top 5 in scoring in Blackhawks history with 781 points. On Tuesday, he added to that. 

More importantly, the Blackhawks picked up a much-needed six out of six points after losing five in a row prior to that. It's the first time this season the Blackhawks — who are now 15-11-5 — have won three straight.

Things won't be getting easier, though, as five of their next six games will come on the road — beginning Thursday night in Winnipeg, which you can watch on NBC Sports Chicago.

But picking up three straight wins will certainly give them momentum.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Confidence level in the Blackhawks

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Confidence level in the Blackhawks

Sports Talk Live is on location at the United Center to preview the Blackhawks and Panthers.  Sam Panayotovich (WGN Radio), Chris Hine (Chicago Tribune) join Kap on the panel.  Plus Steve Konroyd and Brian Campbell talk all things Hawks.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Confidence level in the Blackhawks