Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya (27) defends the goal against Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) during the third period of game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Unrestricted; $2.85 million salary, $3.383 million cap hit in 2014-15
Regular season stats: 76 games, 2 goals, 8 assists, 10 points, +5, 20:17 ATOI
Playoff stats: 23 games, 0 goals, 5 assists, 5 points, -4, 24:45 ATOI
Analysis: We’re faced with a tough choice here. One Blackhawk Up writer recently discussed locking down the Big 4 on defense, but Oduya could be a salary cap casualty. The ’Hawks’ plethora of young defensemen waiting in the wings is still large despite guys being traded off left and right. Viktor Svedberg, Ville Pokka, Stephen Johns, Michael Paliotta and others are young and nearing readiness for their shot at the big time. Oduya, though occasionally inconsistent, has provided a steady presence with Hjalmarsson on the blue line. But at the price he received on his last deal, we may have seen the last of Oduya in an Indian Head.
Will he be back: Little chance
Unrestricted; $1.75 million salary, $2.20 cap hit in 2014-15
Regular season stats: 65 games, 1 goal, 12 assists, 13 points, 0, 17:01 ATOI
Playoff stats: 10 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 point, -2, 17:26 ATOI
Analysis: Sigh. We’re all wishing Rozi wouldn’t have said he plans to come back and wants to be a Blackhawk, because that’s just going to make letting him go a little upsetting. Rozi was infuriating to watch on the blue line throughout the regular season, but he actually stepped up his play in the playoffs before breaking his ankle against Minnesota. The young guys waiting in the wings discussion applies even more to Rozi, and it seems highlight unlikely he’d be back, unless on some type of sub-$1 million “providing experience for the young guys” deal.
Will he be back: No chance
Restricted; $870,000 salary, $573,000 cap hit in 2014-15
Regular season stats: 49 games, 3 goals, 11 assists, 14 points, +17, 12:48 ATOI
Playoff stats: 5 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 points, +2, 7:29 ATOI
Analysis: Rundblad is a tough case, as his inconsistent playing time didn’t give the best read on what he’s capable of doing. He was entirely serviceable this season, though he made his share of mistakes. Considering his cap hit for last season, it’d be nice to get him back for that if possible. Rundblad is still a young guy at 24 and could shine with a chance to play once Oduya and Rozsival have departed. He’d be a good guy to have around to compete with the aforementioned other young guys.
Will he be back: Decent chance
Unrestricted; $2.000 salary, $3.500 cap hit in 2014-15
Regular season stats: 16 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 points, -3, 11:59 ATOI
Playoff stats: 18 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 points, +1, 8:40 ATOI
Analysis: Enjoy your retirement, Kimmo, and congrats on going out a winner.
Will he be back: No chance
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