I have no idea where you're getting your numbers (9,2m, what?) and his cap hit is 5.275m and the contract comes off when he retires, but I'd sure be happy if Hossa is bought out (which probably won't happen) and we can sign him.
That's a big NOPE. I suggest you read up on the new CBA. There's a provision that's been affectionately called the Roberto Luongo Rule which is for penalizing teams that signed players to long term (7 years or more), back diving deals. If a player retires before the term of the contact is up, the cap benefit (the excess of salary over actual cap hit in years it was greater) is counted against the cap equaly over the remaining years of the contract if the player retires or jumps to a different league before the contract is up. In Hossa's case, the Blackhawks benefit is only realizing a cap hit of $5.275m a year for the first 7 years of the contract while paying Hossa $7.9m in actual salary. That means if Hossa retires before the end of the 2020-21 season when he's 42 years old, the Blackhawks have $18.375m in cap hit they have to take in equal measure over the remaining years of the contract. If it's 2 seasons, that a cap hit of ~$9.2m.
And yes, the same rule applies to Mule, Hank, & Kronner who have cap benefits of $8.3m, $12.9m, & $4.5m respectively. Where it's a little easier to swallow in the Wings' case is that none of them are signed through the age of 42 though.
Really good tool if you don't want to run the numbers manually: http://www.capgeek.c...layer_submit=on
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