Hossa (illness) was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Hossa, whose contract is set to officially expire on July 1, has been elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. The 1997 first-round pick played a total of 19 seasons during his NHL career, split between the Senators, Thrashers, Penguins, Red Wings and Blackhawks, amassing 525 goals and 1,134 points in 1,309 contests. The 41-year-old winger's most memorable years were spent in Chicago from 2009 to 2017, during which he lifted Lord Stanley's Cup on three occasions in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Hossa is just the third Slovakian player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita and Peter Stastny as the only Slovaks to be bestowed the honor.
The Blackhawks packaged Hossa (illness) -- along with Vinnie Hinostroza, Jordan Oesterle and a 2019 third-round pick -- to the Coyotes in a trade for Marcus Kruger, MacKenzie Entwistle, Jordan Maletta, Andrew Campbell and a 2019 fifth-rounder Thursday.
Hossa should wind up in the Hall of Fame after recording 1,134 points (525 goals, 609 assists) over 1,309 career contests between the Blackhawks, Senators, Thrashers (now the Jets), Red Wings and Penguins. Unfortunately, while he still has three years remaining on a 12-year, $63.3 million contract agreed upon with the Blackhawks in July of 2009, Hossa has almost assuredly played his last game since he's dealing with a progressive skin condition. The celebrated winger hasn't played since April of 2017. The Coyotes traded for Hossa as the Blackhawks obviously wanted to ditch his contract and it helped make the multi-player swap happen.
Hossa (illness) will not return to the NHL, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Due to the nature of Hossa's ailment -- essentially an allergic reaction to his hockey equipment -- he is unable to continue playing. The 39-year-old is still under contract for two more seasons at a cap hit of $5.275 million -- a contract which the Blackhawks will either trade or receive relief from by placing him on long-term injured reserve. The three-time Stanley Cup champion racked up 525 goals and 609 assists in his illustrious 19-year career. Drafted by the Senators with the 12th overall pick of the 1997 NHL Draft, the winger went on to play for Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Detroit and finally Chicago, where spent the last eight years. Hossa stated his intention to return to his native Slovakia, but did say he would consider returning to the Blackhawks in a front office position following the conclusion of his contract.
Hossa (illness) may not be available for the 2018-19 season, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
According to general manager Stan Bowman, "There's no indications (Hossa's) going to play next year," which doesn't bode well for a return. The 39-year-old remains under contract with the Hawks through the 2020-21 season and could spend the next three years on long-term injured reserve. If the winger is unable to play again, he will retire with 525 goals and 609 assists in 1,309 career NHL games.
Hossa (illness) will be placed on long-term injured reserve Wednesday, Tracey Myers of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
The move is more of a formality at this point, as Hossa had already been ruled out for the 2017-18 season due to a progressive skin disorder, but it will also allow the Blackhawks to be more liberal with their transactions as the season begins. Rookie Alex DeBrincat and the returning Brandon Saad will be among the team's new additions looking to fill the void left by Hossa.
Hossa will not play during the 2017-18 season due to the side effects of medication related to a progressive skin disorder, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Hossa and the Blackhawks were very clear in their statements that his absence would be for the 2017-18 campaign, making no mention of retirement or the future. The winger registered 45 points in 73 contests this past year while averaging 16:51 of ice time -- production that will be sorely missed in Chicago. It's all but certain that the veteran will be placed on long-term injured reserve in order to give the 'Hawks additional cap space -- $5.275 million at the most -- which should give them some extra flexibility heading into the upcoming season.
Hossa could be forced to retire because of a lingering allergy to his hockey equipment.
According to Brian Hedger of NHL.com, Hossa indicated during a season-ending press conference that he still enjoys playing and expects to come back, but he's reportedly dealing with a fairly severe allergy that could threaten his career. Hossa took medication for the allergy over the course of this past season, which seems to give some optimism for a return, although it will be a situation to monitor over the offseason.
Hossa will stay home during the 2017 IIHF World Championships, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
At the age of 38, Hossa is going to leave it to the young guys to lead the Slovakian team at Worlds. The veteran winger shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, as he recorded 26 goals and 19 assists this season, even though he was held pointless during the the first-round sweep by the Preds.
Hossa (rest) won't play Thursday against Anaheim, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The Blackhawks are locked in as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, so it wouldn't be surprising if they opted to shut Hossa down for the final two games of the regular season. Either way, the Slovakian winger will be ready to rock for Game 1 of Chicago's first-round playoff series.
Hossa picked up a goal and an assist on the power play in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Vancouver.
Despite missing the previous two games with a lower-body injury, Hossa was the only Blackhawk that didn't look out of sorts on the power play. His team's 2-for-7 effort with the extra man was a major reason for why it lost this contest despite holding a 44-15 advantage in shots. Hossa's 18:27 of ice time was the most he has received since Jan. 10, suggesting the Slovakian veteran is playing with no restrictions.
Hossa (lower body) will return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Canucks, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports.
Hossa has missed the Blackhawks' last two games due to a lower-body ailment, but his injury was never believed to be overly serious, so he shouldn't have any limitations against Vancouver. The veteran winger will return to a bottom-six role Tuesday, skating with Marcus Kruger and Ryan Hartman on Chicago's third line, but he should also see time on the man advantage as a member of the second power-play unit. Hossa has been a solid point producer this season -- with 22 goals and 17 assists in 64 contests, he's a strong bench option in most fantasy formats.
Hossa (lower body) was present for morning skate Tuesday, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
It's great to see the veteran on the ice ahead of the evening's contest against the Cancuks. We're still waiting for official word that he'll be out there, but this is obviously a positive development. Hossa has turned the clock back some, as he's tied with Artem Anisimov for the third-most goals (22) on a team that's chock-full of offensive weapons.
Hossa (lower body) did not take the ice for pregame warmups, making him unlikely to play Sunday's game against Colorado, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
The initial reports seemed to indicate that Hossa would go Sunday, but at 38 years old, Hossa could use the day off anyway considering the impending playoff run. Tomas Jurco is projected to take Hossa's place on the third line Sunday.
Hossa (lower body) is likely to return from a one-game absence for Sunday's game against the Avalanche, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Wary fantasy owners will want to make sure that Hossa skates in warmups, but all signs point to his return coming Sunday against a hapless Colorado squad. The veteran winger has notched just two points in his last eight contests, but has taken a healthy 21 shots on goal during that span, giving him additional upside in a potent Chicago offense.
Hossa (lower body) won't play Saturday against Toronto.
Hossa's lower-body ailment reportedly isn't serious and he hasn't been ruled out of Sunday's meeting with Colorado yet, but at this juncture he should be considered questionable at best for that contest. Dennis Rasmussen or Tomas Jurco will likely slide into the Slovakian winger's spot in the Blackhawks' lineup against the Maple Leafs.
Hossa was blanked on five shot attempts in Thursday's 1-0 home loss to the Ducks.
The Blackhawks may be one of the leading teams in the Western Conference, though they've actually gone scoreless in five games this campaign. Hossa had his fair share of chances in this most recent contest, but ended up stretching his goalless skid to seven games while making it four straight without a point. Still, he's at 37 points (21 goals, 16 assists) and rocking a career- high 15.3 shooting percentage, so it's tough to complain about the stalwart's overall production this year.
Hossa scored the game-winning goal with just 1:26 remaining to beat Boston on Friday.
It was the only goal of the game and the 17th tally of the campaign for the veteran winger. However, it was also Hossa's first goal in 10 outings, as he's starting to show signs of slowing down offensively. Additionally, the 37-year-old winger has been skating down the depth chart more frequently and doesn't roll with the No. 1 power-play unit. If you cashed in on his great start, it might be time to consider dealing Hossa before the bottom falls out.
Hossa posted three assists with a plus-4 rating in Tuesday's 6-4 win at Colorado.
Hossa had managed just two assists with a minus-4 in six games since returning from an upper-body injury. It was his first multi-point game since Dec. 6 and just his fifth performance with two or more points this season. The veteran is on target for around 50 points, which is a far cry from his days in Ottawa and Atlanta, when he routinely reached the 80-point plateau. Still, he remains a useful fantasy forward in most formats.
Hossa (upper body) will suit up against Buffalo on Thursday, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun Times reports.
Hossa will return to the ice after a five-game absence during which the Hawks went 1-3-1 and scored a disappointing eight goals. While the veteran is unlikely to single-handedly turn the team around, his ability to create time and space for himself and put the puck on his linemates' sticks can't be overstated. With Hossa cleared to play, Jordin Tootoo is the leading candidate to drop from the game-day roster.
Hossa (upper body) was on the ice for practice Wednesday, Eric Lear of Blackhawks TV reports.
Hossa is working his way back with hopes of returning for Thursday's bout against the Sabres. Fantasy owners will want to keep a close eye on his progress closer to that game, as the playmaking veteran is tied with Artem Ansimov for the team's scoring lead at 16 goals, with four of those having been game-winners.
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