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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via the London Free Press,
The NHL is investigating whether Marian Hossa’s new 12-year, $62.8-million (all terms US) contract with the Blackhawks circumvents the collective bargaining agreement and the salary cap, Sun Media has learned.
The ’Hawks could be facing a maximum fine of $5 million and the loss of draft picks if the league’s investigation uncovers proof of allegations that Chicago discussed the possibility of Hossa retiring before the end of the deal, which would end Hossa’s cap hit.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the investigation in an e-mail yesterday, stating that league officials are concerned with the structure of the contract.
from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential at ChicagoNow,
I see Alec Baldwin in the Tallon role, Steve Buscemi as McDonough, SpongeBob Squarepants as Rocky Wirtz, Jason Alexander as Stan Bowman, Don Rickles as Scotty Bowman (is Rickles still alive? wouldn’t matter with the limited Scotty dialogue), Burt Reynolds (get me makeup) as coach Joel Quenneville, a bearded Colin Farrell as a very angry Irish kind of revolutionary Czech playing Martin Havlat and a curly-wigged Will Ferrell replicating Marian Hossa.
So years from now, two or three Jonathan Toews-led championships down the road, you will have an Oliver Stone-type movie version offering the dark details of how Tallon got his career misconduct penalty and the affair will assume the nefarious overtones of “Who Killed Cock Robin,” snuggling into Hawks history alongside Reay’s Yuletide log roll.
more on the Chicago scene…
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that right wing Marian Hossa will undergo surgery tomorrow, Friday, July 24, on his right shoulder to repair a small tear in his rotator cuff.
“Marian’s injury did not respond sufficiently to our non-operative treatment over the last three weeks so we have collectively decided today to go ahead with the surgery,” Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman said. “Marian is a franchise player and we want what is best for him and the Blackhawks long-term. This was a mutual decision and one we feel very confident is the right one.”
“Marian has a small right rotator cuff tear that he has been battling for a while and because he is not at 100 percent with non-operative treatment he is undergoing operative treatment tomorrow,” Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry said. “With this type of tear we anticipate a four month post-operative recovery period, after which we expect his shoulder to be 100 percent. This is the best thing for Marian and his career long-term.”
“After consulting with my family and the Blackhawks, I have no doubt that this is the correct decision,” Hossa said. “I plan on being a member of the Blackhawks for a very long time, which is why I want to get this done and begin my career in Chicago at 100 percent.”
from Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times,
The Hawks have more than enough scoring to compensate even if Hossa is unable to make the season-opening trip to Finland. But after making all the right moves during the organization’s dizzying ascent from the bottom to the top of the Western Conference, the franchise has left itself open to scrutiny and criticism with decisions made since Hossa inked his record deal.
The failure to send out qualifying offers to restricted free agents before the deadline—resulting in the Hawks paying more than they would have otherwise to re-sign some of their own players—the subsequent ouster of popular general manager Dale Tallon and McDonough’s awkward explanation are reminiscent of the old Hawks.
Now this. If the Hawks knew about Hossa’s injury, isn’t it risky bordering on reckless to sign him to a $62.8 million deal without so much as a physical?
Recent news seems symptomatic of a sense of urgency bordering on desperation that has gripped the franchise since the season-ending loss in Detroit. It’s troubling. When organizations begin to cannibalize themselves, diners can become dinner and the feel-good vibe around a team evaporates.
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Wings general manager Ken Holland said Marian Hossa did not injure his shoulder during the playoffs as indicated in a story in the Chicago Daily Herald. Holland said Hossa had a slightly torn rotator cuff when the Wings signed him on July 2, 2008, but it wasn’t anything significant.
“He was hurt before he got to us,’’ Holland said. “Our doctors looked at him and we had conversations about whether to have surgery. Our doctors recommended he should have something done at some point but it’s something he can play with.’‘
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,
A source close to the situation confirmed new Hawks winger Marian Hossa has a shoulder or rotator cuff injury.
The severity of the injury is not known, although it is possible Hossa might need surgery, which could put him out of the Hawks lineup until December.
The Hawks are monitoring Hossa while he rehabs the injury, believed to have been suffered during the playoffs.
from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Barring a trade for a bruising veteran defenseman—and general manager Stan Bowman could pull one off—things should quiet down for the Blackhawks until training camp starts in September….
The Hawks are stronger up front after acquiring forward Marian Hossa.
They’re more experienced and better defensively after acquiring forwards John Madden and Tomas Kopecky.
Their goalie quandary is resolved with Cristobal Huet as the main man.
Though they lost four players in free agency, the Hawks were able to bring back the young core that did so well last season. The team and its fan base seem to have moved on after the somewhat unexpected change at general manager last week, and Martin Havlat’s verbal swipes at the front office were taken for what they were by his former teammates—the frustration of a spurned player. No big deal.
from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,
The most interesting reaction during the opening night of the Blackhawks Convention came from the fans who overflowed the Hilton Chicago grand ballroom for the opening ceremonies Friday.
They greeted president John McDonough with a chorus of boos, a sure indication the club’s most loyal supporters didn’t like the firing of general manager Dale Tallon. McDonough figures to take some more heat today when he’s part of a question-and-answer session with the fans….
(Stan) Bowman received only lukewarm applause Friday, and coach Joel Quenneville and the players were reluctant to discuss the incident.
‘‘It’s a tough business we’re in,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘A lot of coaches have been let go in the last few years, and we’re seeing more managers changed. It’s a negative part of our business, but Dale will still be around, and this gives Stan an opportunity. He’s really looking forward to it. We’ll move on and look forward to getting better.’‘
The Blackhawks welcome Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky.
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
By asking a question of ousted Chicago Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon in today’s press conference I felt as if I was participating in more torture of a good man.
Probably every writer on the call, and presumably Tallon himself, believes he was unfairly relieved of duty on Tuesday when he was re-assigned to an advisor’s role. For the past 24 hours, the buzz around the league has been predominantly pro-Tallon.
Perhaps Tallon could have been a better communicator, and certainly he should have had his paperwork together on his restricted agents. But neither of those are offenses that should carry the penalty of dismissal, particularly in light of the fact that Tallon has pieced together the most exciting team that Blackhawks have had in many, many years.
added 6:39pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Tallon characterized his conversation with McDonough as “cordial” and noted: “He wanted to take the team in a different direction and I was fine with it. Though my position has changed, my goal has not – all I want to do is help win the Stanley Cup; and I can continue to do that for the next three years. That brings me up to 2012.
“The discussion was cordial, businesslike and we agreed this was best for the franchise.”
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