Marian Hossa officially placed on long-term injured reserve

The cap space! Can you feel the cap space?!

The Chicago Blackhawks officially placed forward Marian Hossa on long-term injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday. The move will free up a $5.275 million exception for the team to go over the $75 million salary cap during the 2017-18 regular season.

With the NHL’s recent confirmation that Hossa could be placed on LTIR due to a worsening skin condition that’s forced him to sit out the season, this move was inevitable. It’s been clear since early in the summer that placing Hossa on LTIR on the first day of the season was part of the plan.

By making this move now with the team currently over the cap thanks to training camp LTIR exceptions from Michal Rozsival and Jordin Tootoo, the Hawks were able to max out the exception created by Hossa’s status. It’s a bit of nifty maneuvering by GM Stan Bowman to squeeze every bit of flexibility possible out of the situation.

There will likely be a bunch of moves coming soon. For one, defenseman Cody Franson will sign a cheap one-year deal. The team will also recall Alex DeBrincat and, most likely, Gustav Forsling from the AHL to fill out the roster.