It is know well known that Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will be taking part in any of the 2017/18 season. A crushing blow for the Illinois-based outfit as they also shipped off Niklas Hjalmarsson to the desert as well as Artemi Panarin to Ohio.

Essentially, the issues boils down to whether he is placed on IR (injured reserve) which would allow Hossa’s $5,275,000 contract to be lifted off the cap for this season. As we all know, Chicago is performing a juggling act already, the freeing up of five million would loosen the tightness of the air.

Option number two which involves holding off until the start of the season, would allow the hawks more freedom in terms of trades especially around the trade deadline. Chicago Blackhawks President John McDonough is reportedly “in conversations with the NHL”. Little to no information given, so we are allowed the beauty of speculation. Given the nature of the injury, it will be a tricky one for the NHL to deal with. A skin condition is different to a broken leg.

In one of the most bizarre begins to the off-season from Chicago it looks like this is only the beginning as they try restore the ‘dynasty’. Expect the phones to be hot in United Centre.