Early start to the injury news for the 2010 season, as Marian Hossa has decided to undergo shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. This news comes in the same month where he signed a massive deal with Chicago, moving over in the Central Division from Detroit. The surgery will be done today and he isn't expected to be ready to play hockey for about four months, taking his start to the season into November.
If there was a small silver lining to this story for the Blackhawks, Hossa will be put onto the Long Term Injury Reserve, which should mean they get some alleviation of their cap number, taking a small portion of Hossa's $5.2 million cap hit away. It's not much, but every little bit may seem to count for the Blackhawks, who are struggling with their cap number at the moment.