May 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy (8) during game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
#Hashtag Monday: Salary Cap Trade – Nick Leddy Edition
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. A #Hashtag Monday post? Isn’t it already Tuesday?
Well, it’s just like Napoleon Dynamite says…
And it gives us a clever way to segue to our current topic:
Salary cap buzz and trade rumors have been a hot topic pretty much the whole summer, as Blackhawks fans waited in equal parts of anguish and anticipation for a new season to begin, knowing that we had $2.2M of cap space to clear.
Previously we asked our Twitter followers whom they thought would be on the chopping block:
We had a number of interesting responses, to say the least:
As we now know, Nick Leddy was indeed traded to the New York Islanders last Saturday, along with goalie prospect Kent Simpson, for defensemen T.J. Brennan and Ville Pokka and the rights to restricted free-agent goaltender Anders Nilsson.
While no one correctly predicted the timing or what the Blackhawks would get in return, David Cavazuti was the first to correctly predict who would get traded – and even the correct team! Congrats, David!
Now that hockey season is finally upon us, and the first game of the season is a mere two nights away, we want to know:
Fire up your tweets and let us know what you think!