Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Monday he does not expect forward Marian Hossa to return to playing for the 2018-19 season.
The Blackhawks ruled out Hossa for the entire 2017-18 season last June due to the side effects of medication to treat a skin disorder. Bowman said Monday there have been no changes to Hossa's status since that time.
"What I do know is that his status is unchanged, so at this point there's no indication he's going to play next year, either," Bowman said. "We'll probably have more discussions on that in the coming weeks, but his medical condition is unchanged."
Hossa was one of two players - along with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul - the NHL requested undergo an independent medical evaluation in order to be placed on long-term reserve last September.
He is signed through 2020-21 at a cap hit of $5.275 million, though his actual salary for 2017-18 and each of the next three seasons sits at $1 million.
The 38-year-old scored 26 goals and tallied 45 points in 73 games during the 2016-17 season.
In total, Hossa has played 1,309 NHL games, recording 525 goals and 1,134 points. He is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion.