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Marcus Kruger

Blackhawks shed Marian Hossa cap hit and reacquire Marcus Kruger in multiplayer trade

Blackhawks shed Marian Hossa cap hit and reacquire Marcus Kruger in multiplayer trade

The Blackhawks freed themselves from the remaining three years of Marian Hossa’s contract, but they paid a price to do it.

The Hawks traded Hossa — or more accurately, his $5.3 million salary-cap hit — to the Coyotes on Thursday in a multiplayer deal that also cost them forward Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a 2019 third-round pick. In return, the Hawks reacquired center Marcus Kruger along with two other forwards, MacKenzie Entwistle and Jordan Maletta, defenseman Andrew Campbell and a 2019 fifth-round pick.

Hossa, who missed the entire 2017-18 season with a serious skin condition and is not expected to play again, was an integral part of three Stanley...

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