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NHL investigating Hossa's contract with Blackhawks

Marian Hossa's 12-year, US$62.8-million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks has come under scrutiny by the NHL, but the league won't say why.

Marian Hossa's 12-year, US$62.8-million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks has come under scrutiny by the NHL, but the league won't say why.

The Ottawa Sun first reported Thursday night that the league is examining whether the contract circumvents the salary cap and the collective bargaining agreement.

The league confirmed on Friday that it is looking into the deal that results in a $5.23 million cap hit each year over the length of the deal, according the report. A good portion of the money is set to be paid early in the contract, with Hossa making $7.9 million a season for the first seven years.

Blackhawks have done no wrong: statement

"The Chicago Blackhawks vehemently dispute any implication that the team has in any way violated the collective bargaining agreement or had any intention whatsoever to circumvent the salary cap," the team said in a statement.

"The Marian Hossa contract is a legitimate contract that was approved by the NHL. We are not at all concerned by the investigation and are confident the NHL will conclude that there is absolutely no evidence that the Blackhawks intended to circumvent the salary cap."

The 30-year-old winger scored 40 goals last season with the Detroit Red Wings but is expected to miss the beginning of the season after having shoulder surgery.

With files from The Associated Press