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Salary cap chatter spills into Blackhawks fan convention

The Blackhawks are holding their annual fan convention this weekend, and ahead of the event, Hawks GM Stan Bowman spoke with NHL.com's Brian Hedger regarding the state of his capped-out team...

"We've had a lot of discussions," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Friday at the Hilton Chicago prior to the start of their annual fan convention. "I think we have some ideas of what we're going to do. We've got a couple different scenarios that we are planning on doing and ultimately, which one we'll land on … in time that will come to be.

"There's been a lot of work preparing for this. Nothing's come up and surprised us, and it's only the second week of July. As a result, we're still working on it."

Bowman said bonus overages from last season, which carry over to this season's cap charges, amount to about $750,000. That makes the squeeze even tighter and the possibility of additional trades more likely.

And Joel Quenneville and Jonathan Toews spoke with the Associated Press regarding the Hawks' cap crunch:

"You go back to 2010 we lost a significant part of our team," Quenneville said Friday night. "We were more fortunate in 2013, this year we've seen a few guys ... not just (Patrick Sharp) and (Brandon) Saad who were big parts of our team and played in all situations."

Sharp, a left wing who played 10 seasons in Chicago was traded to Dallas last week for defenceman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt. Although the 33-year-old left wing and his $5.9 salary cap hit were expected to move, Blackhawks players said that didn't make Sharp's departure easier to take.

Bowman had said keeping the 22-year-old Saad, a restricted free agent and budding star, was a priority. But with contract talks at a stalemate on the eve of NHL free agency on June 30, he shipped Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of a seven-player trade rather than potentially lose him with no compensation.

"I think we were all surprised," Quenneville said. "We were talking at the end of the season that he wasn't going to be part of it going forward. He played huge in big games down at the end of the season for us. Not too many players possess the upside that he has."

Defenceman Johnny Oduya, who like Saad also played a key role on the 2013 and last year's Cup-winning squads, signed as a free agent with Dallas earlier this week.

"I think the quality of what those players have meant to our locker room was a lot," Toews said. "Those are three guys were proven winners and have been a huge part of this team for years, so the challenge is we've got our work cut out for us. Especially when you win a championship with those guys and to have it all kind of come crashing down moments after, it's not fun."

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awould's avatar

If the Hawks manage to keep making it to the WC Finals and win another Cup, that will be an incredible accomplishment. Their core is obviously strong, but to keep identifying and acquiring the role/depth guys who are so important in the playoffs would be very impressive and would make their coaching staff look even better.

I don’t see it happening though, they’re due for a slide based on exhaustion alone, and losing Sharp is big.

Posted by awould on 07/17/15 at 10:19 PM ET

d ca's avatar

Finally, someone confirmed what I’ve been saying for weeks in regards to bonus overage for the Hawks…

too bad they still have to sign Kruger (should be around 1.75M) and more importantly clear cap space for next offseason to sign Seabrook.

Posted by d ca on 07/18/15 at 02:18 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Some think they’ll trade seabrook, but as long as they are a contender in March I don’t see that happening.

They really seized the opportunity after their 10 cup. To Win that, dump a bunch of players, be silent for a couple years. Then with the lock out they made a good run to win the cup that year, which to me doesn’t mean much since the season was short.  BUT that 13cup was attractive for Free Agents so they inked a few and could make good runs in 14 and 15. If chicago didn’t win the half season, I don’t think they win in 2015.

-Sent from mobile… That’s my grammar excuse.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/18/15 at 10:59 AM ET

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