Chicago Blackhawks officially place Marian Hossa on long-term IR, sign Cody Franson

By The Sports Xchange  |  Oct. 4, 2017 at 12:40 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks officially placed forward Marian Hossa on long-term injured reserve Wednesday to free up salary-cap space.

The move allowed the Blackhawks to replace Hossa on the roster. Hossa, 38, said in June he would not play this season and potentially beyond because of a skin condition.

The Blackhawks used the roster spot by agreeing to terms with defenseman Cody Franson on a one-year contract worth a reported $1 million.

A native of Sicamous, British Columbia, Franson recorded three goals and 16 assists in 68 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season. He owns 205 points (42 goals, 163 assists) in 527 NHL career games spanning eight seasons with the Nashville Predators (2009-11, 2015), Toronto Maple Leafs (2011-2015) and Buffalo (2015-17).

Franson, 30, was originally drafted by Nashville in the third round in 2005. He registered career highs in assists (29) and points (36) during the 2014-15 season as a member of the Maple Leafs and Predators.

On Jan. 17, Franson skated in his 500th career NHL game against Toronto. He shared second on the Blackhawks this preseason with four points (one goal, three assists) in three games.

The Blackhawks also recalled forward Alex DeBrincat and defenseman Gustav Forsling.

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