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from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
With 12 forwards, five defensemen and two goaltenders, the Hawks have more than $71 million committed already, and a few spots left to fill. Talks with Kruger continue to inch along slowly, though Bowman said Tuesday that the two sides were “close” to a deal. Defenseman prospect Stephen Johns is the front-runner to make the team out of camp, so that’s another $800,000. And the Hawks want to add another veteran defenseman, whether it’s bringing back Oduya somehow (his cap hit was $3.375 million this past season) or Kyle Cumiskey, or signing someone such as Christian Ehrhoff.
Next year’s salary cap will be $71.4 million, so salary-shedding trades are still coming. The Brandon Saad trade did little to prevent that, as Artem Anisimov and Marko Dano gobble up the salary earmarked for him. Sharp and Bickell still are the leading candidates to be dealt, as they combine for a $9.9-million cap hit, each with two years left on his contract.
Well, who saw that coming? The Blackhawks had spent the past few months insisting that Brandon Saad would still be a Chicago player by the time the new season started, but that all stopped when the reigning Stanley Cup champions decided to trade the 22-year-old to the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of a seven-player deal. Joining Saad in moving to the Blue Jackets will be forward Alex Broadhurst and defenceman Michael Paliotta, with Columbus sending Artem Anisimov, Corey Tropp, Jeremy Morin and Marko Dano to Chicago, as well as a fourth-round selection in the 2016 Draft.
added 5:21pm, Columbus release is below...
via the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have acquired forward Ryan Haggerty from the New York Rangers in exchange for goaltender Antti Raanta.
Haggerty, 22, totaled 33 points (15G, 18A) in his first professional season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League last season. His seven power-play goals were third most on the team. Haggerty then recorded six points (2G, 4A) in 14 postseason games.
The Stamford, Conn., native previously registered 84 points (47G, 37A) over three seasons at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Haggerty also participated in the United States National Team Development Program from 2009-11.
Raanta, 26, posted a 7-4-1 record, including one shutout, a .936 save percentage and 1.89 goals-against average in 14 games for the Blackhawks last season. The Rauma, Finland, native also notched an 8-1-1 record, including two shutouts, a .918 save percentage and 2.39 GAA in 11 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League last season.
Raanta owns a 20-8-5 record in 29 career NHL regular-season games, all with the Blackhawks. He signed his first NHL contract as a free agent with Chicago on June 3, 2013.
from Tracey Myers of CSNChicago,
So far, it’s quiet out there.
Yes the league’s general managers, including the Blackhawks’ Stan Bowman, are talking. The Blackhawks will be sellers, and considering the winning pedigree of players they’ll likely be dangling, there will be buyers.
When the dominos start falling, however, remains to be seen.
Bowman said that trade talk has been “typical” for this time of year, but he expects the chatter to increase as we approach the NHL Draft, which begins on Friday in Sunrise, Fla. It promises to be an active time for the Blackhawks. They already have $64 million committed to 14 players and have to shed salary to sign others (Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger) and hit the $71.4 million salary cap set for this coming season.
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from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
The post-shave stubble was pretty thick already, and his voice was still a little gravely, two clear indications that the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup celebration has spilled into a second week.
“We’re in Vegas,” Jonathan Toews said with a smirk as he talked with reporters in advance of Wednesday’s NHL Awards at the MGM Grand. “So you do the math on that one.”
But while the Hawks are still reveling and basking in the glow of their third championship in six seasons, a harsh reality check was delivered by the NHL on Tuesday morning. Next season’s salary cap will be $71.4 million. It’s almost exactly what was expected, but it was a cruel reminder that next year’s Hawks will look considerably different from this year’s. With just 14 roster players signed at nearly $65 million (thanks in large part to the $10.5-million cap hits for both Toews and Patrick Kane), and with Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger restricted free agents, the Hawks will have to shed salary. And it’s going to happen soon, as general manager Stan Bowman will try to recover some of the draft picks he gave up for Antoine Vermette and Kimmo Timonen in time for Friday’s first round in Sunrise, Fla.
The Hawks have been through this before. But that doesn’t make it any easier.
“All of a sudden, it does feel a lot like 2010, where it’s imminent,” Toews said.
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from Scott Cullen of TSN,
The Chicago Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in the past six seasons, downing the Tampa Bay Lightning in a six-game final series.
Off-Season Game Plan examines what should be an interesting summer in the Windy City, where they can't possibly keep their core together and remain under the salary cap.
Franchise cornerstones Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have contract extensions that kick in next season and those deals come with a $10.5-million salary cap hit, putting a lot of pressure on GM Stan Bowman to fit in the rest of the pieces while remaining under the salary cap.
The Blackhawks, already pushing against the cap, need to leave enough flexibility in order to get a deal done with rising star left winger Brandon Saad, a restricted free agent. It's not known exactly where the cap will fall - estimates have hovered around $71-million, with the optimistic assumption that the NHLPA would use the 5% accelerator allowed by the CBA - but Chicago is going to need to clear out some salary; the question is, how much?
Patrick Sharp seems like the most obvious big-ticket item to move, but he could be the first of several if the cap doesn't end up as high as hoped.
via the YouTube channel of Sportsnet,
He played an absurd amount of minutes, made smart plays, and added an offensive boost; watch some of the body of work that earned Duncan Keith the Conn Smythe Trophy.
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