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Blackhawks send Hossa to Coyotes as part of 7-player trade

The Chicago Blackhawks and stalwart forward Marian Hossa parted ways Thursday, with the team sending his rights, forward Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft to the Arizona Coyotes.


Reuters 13 Jul 2018, 01:35 AM United States

The Chicago Blackhawks and stalwart forward Marian Hossa parted ways Thursday, with the team sending his rights, forward Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft to the Arizona Coyotes.

In return, forward Marcus Kruger -- a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Hawks -- will come back to Chicago, along with forward MacKenzie Entwistle, minor league center Jordan Maletta, minor league defenseman Andrew Campbell and a fifth-round pick in 2019.

The trade appears to be more about gaining flexibility with the salary cap than the acquisitions for the Blackhawks. Hossa, 39, spent last season on long-term injured reserved and has been told he never will play again because of a skin disorder. Still, his contract has three years left and carries an annual cap hit of roughly $5.28 million.

By sending his contract to Arizona, Chicago can regain that cap space. The Blackhawks now have more than $10 million they can use to sign the three or four players they need to fill out their roster, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"Today is another example of the leadership Marian has displayed as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization," the Blackhawks said in a statement. "When we approached him to discuss the idea of him waiving his no-move clause to allow us to make this move, it became clear this was a difficult thing for him to consider. After the success he has had in a Blackhawks jersey, the friends he has made throughout the organization and the fact his heart will always be in Chicago, the thought of disassociating in any way from the team he has come to love was not something he really wanted to give any thought to at all. But, as the consummate team player, he did what he has always done. He did what the team needed him to do in order to succeed."

Hossa spent 19 years in the NHL. Over his career, he scored 525 goals and posted 609 assists with the Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers and Ottawa Senators. He had 186 goals and 229 assists in his eight seasons in Chicago.

Kruger, 28, spent seven years with the Blackhawks from 2010-2017. He spent last season with the Carolina Hurricanes and has appeared in 446 career NHL games, totaling 33 goals and 72 assists. Carolina traded him to Arizona in May.

Entwistle, 18, was selected No. 69 overall by Arizona in the 2017 NHL Draft. Last season, he played for the Ontario Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs, who won the league title.

Campbell, 30, played last season for the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League. In his career, he has played in 42 NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings, Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs. Maletta, 23, split the 2017-18 season between Tucson and the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL.

For the Coyotes, Hinostroza, 24, was the biggest acquisition. He was drafted by the Blackhawks in the sixth round in 2012 and has played 106 career NHL games, totaling 13 goals and 26 assists.

Oesterle, 26, has played 80 career NHL games with the Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers. He has five goals and 16 assists in that time.

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