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Marian Hossa signs massive 12-year contract with Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO - Marian Hossa's hockey odyssey appears to have reached its final destination.

The free-agent winger has signed a massive 12-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks are Hossa's fourth NHL team over the past three years and might also be the last one he ever plays for.

Hossa spent last season with the Detroit Red Wings, but decided to walk away from Motown with the Wings unable to meet his salary demands.

Chicago also signed Tomas Kopecky away from the rival Red Wings, agreeing to a two-year deal with the free-agent forward.

"To add (Marian and Tomas) to our exciting young core reinforces our commitment to try to win the Stanley Cup," Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon said in a statement.

The 30-year-old Hossa had a good regular season with 40 goals and 71 points but things turned a bit sour from there. He was held scoreless in Detroit's last eight playoff games - including all seven during a loss to Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup final.

In 775 career games with Ottawa, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Detroit, Hossa has 339 goals and 719 points.

Kopecky spent parts of four seasons with the Red Wings after being drafted in the second round in 2000. He has 32 points (12-20) in 183 games.



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