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“I don’t know if I’m in the minority, but I’m hesitant; there’s no accountability for these random people making these predictions the cap is going to be $80 million. I might be wrong. I think there’s folly. There’s so many factors that go into the salary cap.
“Because there’s a new television deal, I’m not going to assume it’s going to be $80 million. I don’t operate that way. If you base your assumptions on predictions and you’re wrong, I can’t say, ‘They said it was going to be $80 million.’ I’m going to wait to see where it goes. I think it’s safe to say it’s going to go up. It’s think it’s a little bit irresponsible to say where it’s going to be unless you have intricate knowledge of the cap.”
-Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on the future of the salary cap. Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago has more from Bowman on the cap in regards to siging Toews and Kane.
Craig Custance of ESPN answers some email...
Where do you suppose the Kane and Toews deals come in at next summer money wise? Stan Bowman has done a good job of getting guys to take a tad less money to stay in/on a good situation/city/roster in Chicago. Also, if Kane and Toews do want to break the bank, does that screw the up the whole plan?
Great question. I recently went to Chicago to chat with both of them and they talk about their next contract at length in the next ESPN The Magazine. Make sure to grab a copy when it hits newsstands. But it’s a fascinating negotiation.
One of things we talked about was whether or not they needed to have the exact same deal and they pointed out that we’ve seen teammates like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf all take different amounts of money to get long-term deals done. In the case of Kane and Toews, they’re both represented by Pat Brisson, which might make things easier in that regard. But those are the deals I’d look at when figuring out their potential value. You have to throw out Sid’s deal because it was done before the new CBA. But Perry, Getzlaf and Malkin are certainly fair comparables so we’re talking something in the annual range of $8.5 to $9.5 million. Malkin had KHL leverage, which Kane and Toews don’t, so I’m not sure Stan Bowman has to go as high as the Malkin deal. Also, I don’t know how you do anything less than eight years for these two considering their age (25). So let’s split the difference and say they get $9 million per season, for the sake of answering your final question. That’s an extra $2.7 million per season cap hit for each player, for a total of an additional $5.4 million compared to their current deals. A healthy raise but not debilitating to Chicago’s future cap.
It doesn’t screw up the long-term plan at all because most salary cap projections have it continuing to grow in the next couple years, especially considering the billion dollar Canadian television deal. I don’t think it’s a reach at all to think that the salary cap will be north of $70 million when the new deals kick in for Chicago. Even if the cap just gets to $70 million for the 2015-16 season (the first year of a new Kane/Toews contract), which I think is conservative, that’s a $5.7 million increase from the cap this season, covering the $5.4 million raise we’re giving those two annually. If you look at the cost certainty Bowman has already built into the equation with his other long-term deals, the Blackhawks should be able to keep the band together.
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Chicago is the new Detroit. As such, Bowman is the new Ken Holland, trying to hold together a nucleus in a cap world, where team success breeds big paydays for individual players. While other GMs are scouring the UFA market for top-six forwards and top-pairing defencemen, Bowman already has those. Instead, he is busy trading away roster players for draft picks, to assuage the cap issues that are inherent with winning Stanley Cups. You’ll notice that Bolland, Frolik, Stalberg and Emery left after last June’s Cup win with not a single player returning to Chicago. That’s four roster players out, and not a single player coming back.
-Mark Spector of Sportsnet. Read on to find out why he feels that way.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
The Hawks lost winger Bryan Bickell in the first period with what appeared to be a left-leg injury, the result of him crashing into the Avs' net. "We'll see more (Wednesday). It might be more than day to day, but I'm not sure yet," Quenneville said.
more on the loss to Colorado...
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
At the end of the season, the crew at the United Center goes about their job of melting and removing the home ice from the floor. It's a moment that passes with little fanfare or recognition. All the amazing moments that took place on that ice literally go down the drain. This year, we decided to do something different. We were on-hand for the ice removal to document the occasion and save a few precious pieces of that magical home ice. And we want to share it with you.
We're producing an extremely limited number of souvenir packages with the actual melted ice from the United Center floor. All proceeds benefit Chicago Blackhawks Charities.
Each vial of melted ice costs $99 USD plus shipping (U.S. and Canada only), and all proceeds benefit Chicago Blackhawks Charities. Each package contains:
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First we have Nikolai Khabibulin scrambling on his knees to make a save after he suffered a lower-body injury.
Below, Evgeni Nabokov appears to have suffered the same type of injury...
Oduya down, Oduya up and Oduya down again.
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Andrew Shaw on a two-year contract extension, through the end of the 2015-16 National Hockey League season.
“It’s great to come to this agreement with Andrew and keep another important member of our team here in Chicago” said Blackhawks Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman. “Andrew has proven his ability to play a prominent role on our team and we look forward to watching him continue to grow as a player for the Blackhawks.”
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Were you worried about the future, your career, when you sustained your back injury in the playoffs last season?
"A little bit yeah, because I heard when it's a back injury it can go downhill quickly. When you start having problems with the back you can have problems over and over. So you get some things in your mind, but I always tried to look at it in a positive way and so far it has improved so much, so I'm happy about it."
What clicked for you that you knew you weren't going to have to worry about those things, that those questions were not going to be concerns for you?
"Well, after we won the Cup, we talked about if I should go to surgery or not. To me, surgery is always the last option. When I can't even move, then we'll have to do it. If I am still OK but I know I can do a couple of shots and that's going to improve it, then why do the surgery? Those shots, especially in training camp and the first month, helped extremely well. Right now I'm playing, and I feel pretty good."
President Obama Honors the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Watch the live stream below, which is scheduled to start around 2:00pm - 2:10pm ET.
added 2:24pm, Stream is over.
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