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“The Gunk”

Former Red Wings goalie Gilles Gilbert described a debilitating skin condition that eventually drove him to retirement as something he wouldn't wish on "my worst enemy."

"Maybe broken legs, but not the rash," he told the New York Times in 1982. "You need boxing gloves when you go to sleep. It's worse than a sunburn. It really, really itches. It drives you crazy. When you start sweating, it's worse."

Hockey players in the 1970s and '80s referred to this simply as "the gunk" during a time when the mysterious condition afflicted many of them. More recently, there have been few publicized cases in the NHL.

In announcing Wednesday that Marian Hossa will sit out the 2017-18 season because of side effects from medication to treat a "progressive skin disorder," the Blackhawks declined to specify Hossa's condition or treatment.from Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune,

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I get it. I don’t believe anyone is doubting this is actually happening to bossa. Honda the hockey player deserves everything coming to him from the Hawks org. Hossa the contract is being exploited by a loop hole that the NHL must close or this is going to happen more often. Point blank, pay the mab his 1 million a season….recapture the cap.

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 06/22/17 at 07:46 AM ET

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Stupid autocorrect

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 06/22/17 at 07:46 AM ET

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I don’t believe anyone is doubting this is actually happening to bossa.

I’d love to agree with you, but comments sections are FILLED with people who don’t believe this is actually happening to Hossa.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/22/17 at 08:00 AM ET

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Posted by Iamhaljordan on 06/22/17 at 08:46 AM ET

Holy Datsyuk, auto-correct wins this round! Honda, Bossa? LOL smile

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/22/17 at 08:07 AM ET

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I hate to hear about anyone being forced out of a career by an injury or illness. 

This is just so strange though, and the timing is particularly ironic.  I was watching the local news in Chicago last night and the sports guy said he was at a Hawks management golf outing and was trying to ask the team about Hossa but no one would talk to him, and they issued a generic statement. 

That’s what’s so strange to me - instead of just being a little bit upfront about it and actually answering questions (because people are actually really interested in something which hasn’t really come up before), they’re being a little suspicious about not releasing any information.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/22/17 at 09:27 AM ET

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While Hossa’s offensive skills may be eroding, he is still one of the best half dozen defensive forwards in the league and the best penalty killer the Blackhawks have.  No, I doubt they are playing games to get some cap relief.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 06/22/17 at 09:43 AM ET

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While Hossa’s offensive skills may be eroding, he is still one of the best half dozen defensive forwards in the league and the best penalty killer the Blackhawks have.  No, I doubt they are playing games to get some cap relief.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 06/22/17 at 10:43 AM ET

This.

CHI is going to miss Hossa terribly, to the point where without him their “window” has now maybe closed.

Posted by Primis on 06/22/17 at 10:22 AM ET

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Hossa had 26 goals last year. Chicago will miss him.

However, they are also getting a nice salary cap break. A couple weeks ago, the rumor was that they’d have to trade a core piece.

With 5.5 mil off the books and a 2 mil salary cap ceiling raise, they may not have to.

Fishy. Not total bull crap, but fishy.

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/22/17 at 10:27 AM ET

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