Thursday, July 12, 2018

Hawks Unload Hossa to the Desert

2018 Season July 1st, 2018
To Arizona POS Age GP Goals Points Years Cap Hit
Marian Hossa F 39 0 0 0 3 $5.275 mil
Vinnie Hinostroza F 24 50 7 25 2 $1.5 mil
Jordan Oesterle D 26 55 5 15 1 $650k
2019 3rd Round Draft Pick
To Chicago POS Age GP Goals Points Years Cap Hit
Marcus Kruger F 28 48 1 6 1 $2.775 mil
Jordan Maletta F 23 0 0 0 1 $793k
Andrew Campbell D 30 0 0 0 1 $650k
Mackenzie Entwhistle F 19 0 0 0 0 USD
2019 5th Round Draft Pick

Really, this is more of a fringe trade, but since it does involve Marian Hossa, a hockey pool Hall of Famer, I guess we can do a pretty big post for it.

On Thursday, the Arizona Coyotes acquired forward Vinnie Hinostroza and defenseman Jordan Oesterle, plus a pick, in order to take on Hossa's remaining three years on his contract, before he retires officially.  Hossa is unable to play, due to a skin condition that flares up when his hockey equipment goes on, so he has semi-officially called it a career, ready to live the remaining years on the Injured Reserve.

The Blackhawks were looking to clear off cap space, more for off-season movement than anything else, but they also re-acquired Marcus Kruger, who has a history with the club, two young forwards and a veteran AHL defenseman as well, to help make room for the contract and new players.

There really isn't a lot to go on for either side, Oesterle did make an appearance in the hockey pool last season and he could feature in Arizona's top seven.  It's not to say he's a slam dunk to be a pool worthy defender next season, but he'll get a better shot in Arizona than he would have in Chicago in 2019.

The real workings of this trade happen at the salary cap level, where the Blackhawks have opened themselves up to a little over $6 million in cap space for the 2019 season, meaning they could be players in the trade market that's warming up or they could be looking more long-term, without the headaches of the Long Term Injured Reserve math.

The Coyotes, on the other hand, now with Hossa and Dave Bolland on their projected roster, destined for the IR, they make up $10.775 million in cap space on their projected 25-man roster and they still have $9.9 million in cap space under the ceiling and they haven't projected any usage of the LTIR.

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