Bruce Garrioch is reporting from the London Free Press that the NHL is conducting an investigation on the signing of Marian Hossa’s contract.
“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 Daily had this to say in an e-mail:
“We’re trying to understand how it was negotiated and whether the intent and effect is to circumvent the cap. This was the first of the long-term contracts that took a player out past the age 40 and the value of the contract in its ‘out years’ was dramatically lower than its early years. We want to know if the possibility of player retirement was ever discussed or even contemplated.”
So it would appear that the league is going to try and make an example out of Chicago for trying to make a “Kenny Holland” move, only obviously not as good. Still think that Dale Tallon was wrongfully “re-assigned” Chicago? This man, over the course of two seasons, has damaged the franchise possibly for years upon years to come. Yet if you remember, team president John McDonough was booed by fans for making the right move.
You just don’t get it, Chicago. It serves you right for trying to
emulate the greatest organ-i-zation in all of professional sports. It appears that Lil’ Gary is trying to drop the hammer on anyone who even tries to be like the Red Wings (remember: the model organization is Pittsburgh). You can bet your bottom dollar that the next CBA will have a limit on lengths of contract.
This investigation into the Hossa contract probably won’t even gain any traction…but I think it’s hilarious the amount of bad press Chicago is getting this off-season.