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Sources: Hossa, Pronger deals probed

Updated: July 31, 2009, 7:41 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Because of growing concerns over the manner in which teams are locking up top players to front-loaded, long-term contracts, the National Hockey League has launched an investigation into the recent signings of Marian Hossa and Chris Pronger, sources told ESPN.com.

The NHL will hire an outside firm to determine whether the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers discussed a timeline for Hossa's or Pronger's potential retirement before the long-term contracts were signed.

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