The Blackhawks’ future may not include an integral part of their three recent championship runs.
Forward Marian Hossa, 38, may be forced into retirement because of a very serious allergy to the equipment he wears, according to Sportsnet.
“The medication necessary to combat the allergy is potent enough that doctors wanted his blood tested every few weeks to make sure there were no major side effects,” the report stated, noting that retirement may be the best option for Hossa because professionals have warned him against taking the medicine for an extended period of time.
A source told the site that the freak allergy is not a joke and “is only funny to anyone who’s never had it.”
Hossa is scheduled to make $1 million during the next four seasons, but if he retires Chicago would be hit with a “cap recapture” penalty that would count for more than $3.5 million against the Blackhawks salary cap for four years.
A way around that for the Blackhawks would be if Hossa went on long-term injured reserve for each of the coming four seasons.
Hossa scored 26 goals last season, tallied 45 points, and won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010, 2013 and 2015.