The Blackhawks are angry, and rightly so, over the NHL’s investigation into Marian Hossa’s 12-year, $62.8 million contract.
Why did the league approve the contract in the first place back on July 1 if it thought there was any sort of red flag?
Nobody likes Monday morning quarterbacking, which is what the NHL is doing by reacting now.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league is concerned because Hossa's is the first of these trendy long-term contract NHL teams are giving out that takes the player past the age of 40.
Hossa would be 42 at the end of his deal in 2021, when his salary is just $750,000 compared to $7.9 million for the first seven years.
The league wants to know if the Hawks mentioned retirement at any point in negotiations with Hossa. Are they asking the Detroit Red Wings the same questions about the deals Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen signed? Zetterberg would be 40 when his big deal expires in 2021. Franzen also would be 40 when his contract runs out in 2020.
This is a whole lot of nothing. So what if these players retire before their contracts run out? If this is a loophole in the collective bargaining agreement, maybe the Hawks just are smarter than everyone else.