Will the Chicago Blackhawks Trade Marian Hossa This Summer?

May 27th, 2010 by Matthew Rutledge-Taylor Leave a reply »
If Marian Hossa fails to win the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks this summer, he may be trying to win it with another team next year. 

The ‘Hawks have over $57 million committed in salaries to 14 players next season.  Thus, they are probably already over the cap and still need six to eight players to fill out their roster. 

This means that they must unload some big contracts this summer to free up money needed to sign players at the league minimum salary, never mind any of the team’s free agents.

So, who can the ‘Hawks unload? 

If they could pick any players off their roster to dump, it would probably be under-achieving Brian Campbell and (Tallon’s worst signing ever) Cristobal Huet.  The problem is that these players are too expensive to buy-out or bury in the minors (at no cap hit), and are impossible to trade without taking big salary in return. 

Now, Hossa on the other hand has value and is a tradable commodity. 
The ‘Hawks would be best to trade Hossa for only prospects and picks.  A second best option would be to accept a player with a ...

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