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Salary Cap Likely Villain for Hawks

From the Chicago Tribune’s David Haugh:

As notions go, they come no more romantic in hockey than the one Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has heard posed often in the two weeks since his team won the Stanley Cup.

According to the too-good-to-be-true scenario, team captain Jonathan Toews, 22 going on 50, selflessly would approach the GM about deferring the $1.3 million bonus Toews received for winning the Conn Smythe Trophy. That way, the salary cap-strapped Hawks could hold on to one of the good players whose salaries they otherwise would have to dump and keep the gang together.

Cue the sappy music. The gesture would have been better than when Paul Konerko gave Jerry Reinsdorf the ball after the 2005 World Series parade.

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Nathan's avatar

I know he’s mostly kidding, but I’m not sure Toews could even do that. Seems like that would fall under the umbrella of “restructuring” which is not currently allowed in the CBA.

It should be.

Posted by Nathan from wasting perfect passes from my teammates on 06/23/10 at 01:14 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Okay well now that I got off my lazy ass and read the entire article, I see he addresses that this isn’t actually allowed.

Posted by Nathan from wasting perfect passes from my teammates on 06/23/10 at 01:15 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

The salary cap isn’t the “villian” here. Management is – as evidenced by this…

The Hawks have just 14 established players under contract and are already around $3 million above the cap with restricted free agent goalie Antti Niemi due for a new deal and a raise.

The Hawks knew what the cap was last season, and they knew it was never going to go up more than 5% for this coming season. So, if you know what your “budget” is and you deliberately go out and spend more than your budget allows, the budget isn’t the villian. You are.

Now, it does sort of suck that Toews’ great play in the playoffs will end up costing the Hawks $1.3M against next year’s cap. But they knew that was a possibility when they put it in his contract.

In the end, Hawks management has no one but itself to blame for what’s going to happen to the team this summer. And Stan can talk all he wants about keeping the “core” together, but eight or nine players can’t win games (or the Cup) if the other 13 or 14 guys are a bunch of league-minimum vets and first-year players.

Stan needs to sit down with daddy and learn everything he can about the way Ken Holland has kept the Wings successful in spite of the Cap. Otherwise, he’ll be back in the lottery for the #1 draft pick before he realizes it.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/23/10 at 02:10 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

You know the old saying “They made thier bed, now they have to sleep in it.”
That’s perfect for this situation.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 06/23/10 at 03:53 PM ET


The Hawks are in cap trouble, big deal. They won the Cup after 49 years of waiting, they gambled and it paid off. If they didn’t win the Cup this year then they gwould have gambled and lost. Now even if they were able to re-structrure all of the contracts there is no gaurantee that they would win the Cup any other season. So if I’m a Hwak fan I’d just enjoy what they have in hand and don’t worry too much about what could have been or what could be.  The cap was instituted to ensure that teams could not hoarde all of the players they acquired and make enormous profits for teams in strong markets.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/23/10 at 04:05 PM ET

Primis's avatar

The situation would have been bad even though, but failing to properly qualify 3 RFA’s cost them a lot more money on top of it all.

CHI deserves every bit of the headache they now have.  What price for one yera of success?  Will it be worth if they now suffer for a couple more seasons?

Posted by Primis on 06/23/10 at 05:18 PM ET


but failing to properly qualify 3 RFA’s cost them a lot more money on top of it all.

Yeah, for sure.  If it hadn’t been for that then they might have been able to fit Kane’s and Towes’ bonuses under the 09-10 cap rather than having to take up around $4M of this coming year’s cap…

Posted by Garth on 06/23/10 at 10:32 PM ET

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