There’s the big one, reports Pierre LeBrun, and confirmed on some of the live blogs elsewhere. And what a whopper contract it is- 12 years averaging $5.2 million per. Nice addition for the Blackhawks, of course, but can they still afford the pay raises that will eventually be owed to Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and perhaps a couple of others? Oh, and Hossa will be 42 years old when his contract expires (although obviously he may not be playing at that point). This blogger already seems a bit skeptical, making reference to Brian Campbell and his albatross of a contract. On the other hand, a Penguins fan writes that Hossa’s cap hit will be less than Martin Havlat’s ever was, and he’s probably a better player too. We’ll see who got this one right eventually.