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Sports Blackhawks deal Hossa to Coyotes in seven-player trade

01:30  13 july  2018
01:30  13 july  2018 Source:   sportsnet.ca

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The Chicago Blackhawks cleared NHL salary cap space by trading Marian Hossa to the Arizona Coyotes as part of a seven - player deal on Thursday. The 39-year-old forward, who has three years remaining on his contract

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The Chicago Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes have completed a seven-player trade that includes the contract of Marian Hossa.

In addition to taking on Hossa’s contract, the Coyotes receive forward Vinnie Hinostroza, defenceman Jordan Oesterle and Chicago’s third-round pick in 2019.

The trade sees forward Marcus Krueger return to Chicago, where he began his NHL career and won two Stanley Cups. The Blackhawks also acquire forwards MacKenzie Entwistle and Jordan Maletta, defenceman Andrew Campbell, and a 2019 fifth-round draft pick from Arizona.

Both Entwistle, a 2017 third-rounder, and Maletta (undrafted) have yet to suit up for an NHL game. Campbell, 30, has appeared in 42 career NHL games, most recently with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016, with two assists.

By dealing Hossa’s rights to the Coyotes, the Blackhawks are able to clear the 39-year-old’s $5.275-million cap hit for the three remaining seasons left on his current deal. Hossa, who signed a 12-year contract with Chicago in 2009, was placed on long-term injured reserve in October 2017 after the team revealed he was suffering from a progressive skin condition which forced him to step away from the game.

Hinostroza, 24, has registered 13 goals and 26 assists for 39 career NHL points in 106 games over parts of three seasons with the Blackhawks since being selected in the sixth round (169th overall) by the club in 2012. He appeared in a career-high 50 NHL games in 2017-18, tallying seven goals and 25 points.

Oesterle began his career with the Edmonton Oilers as an undrafted free agent and signed with Chicago ahead of the 2017-18 season, registering five goals and 10 assists in 55 games with the Blackhawks.

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Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will not play next season because of a progressive skin disorder and side effects of medication to treat it. Welcome to the 2018-19 NHL Trade Tracker, the official list of completed deals since June 14, 2017.

With Thursday’s trade announcement, the Blackhawks also released the following statement on Hossa:

“Today is another example of the leadership Marian has displayed as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization. When we approached him to discuss the idea of him waiving his no move clause to allow us to make this move, it became clear this was a difficult thing for him to consider. After the success he has had in a Blackhawks jersey, the friends he has made throughout the organization and the fact his heart will always be in Chicago, the thought of disassociating in any way from the team he has come to love was not something he really wanted to give any thought to at all. But, as the consummate team player, he did what he has always done. He did what the team needed him to do in order to succeed.

“Marian’s long-term contributions to the club will never be forgotten. His performance as a player was always appreciated, but, it is his special qualities as a teammate, a leader and a person, that will more than anything leave its mark on all of us who have come to love and respect the very humble way he goes about everything he does. He has shown us all the impact we can have on others if we conduct ourselves with character, integrity and utmost respect for all we come in contact with. We have had the pleasure of watching him hoist three Stanley Cups with our team and he will forever be connected to the Blackhawks. On behalf of the entire organization, we would like to thank Marian—a world-class player—for all he has done for the Chicago Blackhawks.” – Blackhawks’ statement on Hossa, via press release

Blackhawks unlikely to make roster moves until closer to training camp .
The Chicago Blackhawks seem to have put their offseason wheeling and dealing on hold for the time being. Following a trade with the Arizona Coyotes last week that shipped out Marian Hossa's contract and brought back forward Marcus Kruger, general manager Stan Bowman admitted Tuesday that the team is likely to wait until closer to training camp before potentially making more moves. "That's probably the way it's going to be," Bowman said,Following a trade with the Arizona Coyotes last week that shipped out Marian Hossa's contract and brought back forward Marcus Kruger, general manager Stan Bowman admitted Tuesday that the team is likely to wait until closer to training camp before potentially making more moves.

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