Another One May Bite The Dust: NHL Investigating Marian Hossa's Contract

Mikal ElyseCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 09:  Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks hoists the Stanley Cup after teammate Patrick Kane #88 scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 and win the Stanley Cup in Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The NHL has reported this morning that they will be investigating the contracts of players such as Chris Pronger, Roberto Luongo and Marian Hossa.

With this considered, the Chicago Blackhawks may lose another player. Not just any player this time though, a player Scott Bowman considers to be a part of the team's core.

On July 1, 2009, Hossa signed a 12-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks worth $62.8 million. The contract is front-loaded with $59.3 million due in the first eight years for an average cap hit of $5.2 million per season.

Now this ongoing investigation may cause a huge change once again for Chicago.

For Hossa and the Blackhawks, this means his contract is now under review by the NHL to see if they could void it due to ruling the arbitrator gave on Ilya Kovalchuk's contract. 

If they find that any other player circumvented the CBA, their contract is automatically voided and the team who signed the deal could possibly be hit with a $5 million fine and forfeiture of draft picks, on top of losing the contracted player they locked up long-term to begin with.

Blackhawks fans thought they were in the clear, but it looks like the sky has not brightened up yet.

Hopefully the madness will end soon for Blackhawk’s fans and the organization.