Kane, Carcillo engage in 'Stache Wars

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Kane, Carcillo engage in 'Stache Wars

SUNRISE, Fla. Its the NHLs second annual Movember, with players growing mustaches to promote the month-long campaign to promote awareness of prostate cancer. Patrick Kane is going to try and grow one, but isnt feeling too good about the possible outcome.

Its probably going to be pretty creepy, he said. Im sure Carcillo will probably dominate me on this one but Ill give it a try. Theres a lot of guys who do it around the league and (goaltender Ray) Emerys got a good one going already. Its just a fun thing to do. At the same time, it raises awareness.

Carcillo said he was willing to help Kane.

I told him Id even the playing field and Just for Men mine blond or red like his. I dont know If he took that offer or not, but well see what happens, he said. Maybe by week two or three youll see mine. It should be an even race.

Why placing Marian Hossa on long-term injured reserve wouldn't help Blackhawks' cap issues

Why placing Marian Hossa on long-term injured reserve wouldn't help Blackhawks' cap issues

When the news came down that Marian Hossa would miss the 2017-18 season, most first thoughts were about his health. But it was only natural to look at the business implications, and the possibility of Hossa going on long-term injured reserve (LTIR).

That would solve the Blackhawks’ cap issues, right? That would give them more money to spend, right? Well, not exactly. See, the LTIR can be a bit complicated. It can also be tricky to explain. And right now, even Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is trying to figure out how this all develops for the team.

“I think there’s a little bit of a misconception on the LTI provision in the salary cap, and understandably so. It’s very complicated. It’s not as simple or as easy as people think it to be,” Bowman said on Thursday, the day before the Blackhawks hosted the 2017 NHL Draft. “I don’t want to get into too many details because it’s hard to explain it all, but there’s a couple different ways it can work.

"You can use offseason LTI and in-season LTI and there’s drawbacks to both, and there’s limitations the way that the league handles those things. It’s not as simple as people might think that we just have this ability to suddenly replace Marian with another player. It’s way more involved than that.”

Here are two basics about the cap: a team can be 10 percent over it during the summer, and a team must be at or below it the day the regular season begins. If the Blackhawks place Hossa on LTIR, it wouldn’t take effect until the second day of the regular season. So on Day 1 of the season, the Blackhawks would still be carrying Hossa’s $5.275 cap hit.

Once the LTIR would take effect, though, the Blackhawks would have wiggle room. If they spent to the $75 million cap, they could utilize Hossa’s entire $5.275 million cap hit on other players.

It’s not about the Blackhawks finding a guy this summer that makes an equal cap it.

“If you did that you would be essentially starting the year with an inability to make any transactions," Bowman said. "And that’s why, it’s a harder discussion to have because you’ve got to give you examples of if this happens. But it just doesn’t work that way. I wish it were that simple, but it’s not. It’s a much more complicated provision than people think. It’s not some easy cap solution where we just go sign a player for the same amount and off we go. It’s much more problematic than that.”

The NHL will be looking at the situation, although there doesn’t seem to be anything that would keep the Blackhawks from putting Hossa on LTIR. Bowman wasn’t concerned about it.

Still, the Blackhawks will still be doing their share of offseason math.

“I know how it works. What’s going to happen is a different question," Bowman said. "You don’t make those decisions overnight, but I think that understandably there’s probably a lot of confusion, because it’s not your job to run the salary cap for a team. So, I can get why you don’t know all the little details, and it is a very intricate provision in the CBA. So, we understand it. We’ve used LTI before, so it’s not like it’s something we’ve never been faced with. It’s just a factor that we’ll get through.”  

Forget the Circus: Blackhawks' regular-season schedule unveiled

Forget the Circus: Blackhawks' regular-season schedule unveiled

The NHL schedules were unveiled on Wednesday afternoon, and for the first time in many a year, the Blackhawks will have no Circus Trip.

We already knew the Blackhawks would host the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in their home opener on Oct. 5. The Blackhawks’ longest road continuous road trip will be four games, and they’ll do that twice (Jan. 25-Feb. 3 and Feb. 24-March 4). The Blackhawks have six consecutive road games in December, but it will be split in half by the Christmas break.

Oh, and their first look at the Golden Knights will be when they travel to Las Vegas on Oct. 24.

The Blackhawks will enjoy a six-game homestand, their longest of the season, from Jan. 10-24. 

Check out the schedule in its entirety: