Last week, Chicago executed a transaction with Arizona in which they traded long-time Blackhawk Marian Hossa to the Coyotes. Blackhawks Senior Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman had some comments on Hossa and his contributions at Development Camp on Tuesday.
Video: Bowman on Hossa's legacy, trading Hinostroza
"I think it's probably appropriate to start by saying that Marian is going to go down as one of the greatest Blackhawks ever," Bowman said. "He's a tremendous person, I think first and foremost. I've had the privilege to be around him on a daily basis for 10 years. I think he played such a pivotal role in the way our franchise turned the corner. I think when he came in, he was such a good mentor to our young guys. It's funny to look back on it, it's been 10 years now since he came on board and (Patrick) Kane and (Jonathan) Toews were just getting into the league. There isn't a better role model for how to handle yourself on or off the ice. He played a huge role in that."
The move allowed the Blackhawks to free up cap space and Hossa had to waive his no-movement clause to make it happen. The team released a statement last week thanking him for his team-first mentality.
"Obviously, it was a difficult trade from a sentimental perspective because we'd love to not have to do that. But in a practical manner, it was becoming challenging to try to operate with that contract here and it necessitated us making the move we did make."