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Chicago Blackhawks: Chances of Re-signing Free Agents

By Mike Brennan
Apr 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (center) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (center) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 20, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) and Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) chase the puck during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 20, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) and Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) chase the puck during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

Brandon Mashinter – UFA – 20%

Brandon Mashinter just is not a very good hockey player, plain and simple. Plus, he has a very unfortunate last name for people who blog. Here’s the deal with him. He is a huge body that just cannot play the style that the ‘Hawks want. That is the reason why he was not in the lineup very often during the playoffs and during the regular season as well. Through 41 regular season games this year, he only has four goals and one assist.

With him playing center, there just is not a spot for him on this team, which really is not a big loss for this ‘Hawks team. Let him walk and move on.

Christian Ehrhoff – UFA – 5%

I was very excited when Ehrhoff came over to the ‘Hawks from the Kings. I thought he was a very good veteran player who could firm up the defense just a little bit. However, he only played eight regular season games since coming over, and zero playoff games. I guess Q thought his talent was not there for what he wanted and maybe he was too old. Either way, Ehrhoff will be asking way too much for the ‘Hawks to pay — he has a $1.5 cap hit — and the ‘Hawks have some young defesemen that can step up soon.

Michal Rozsival – UFA – 50%

The last player on our list of free agents this summer is Michal Rozsival. He is 37, but has not seen the ice for the last time quite yet. Last season with the ‘Hawks he played 51 games with one goal and 12 assists. He was only due $600,000 last season alone, so he is kind of a bargain player to have. I’d say that if there is some cash lying around after the ‘Hawks resign everyone, give it to Rozsival.

The ‘Hawks are at a point where they need to start making their defense younger. That means they need to start playing younger guys like Ville Pokka, Carl Dahlstrom and Viktor Svedberg. Having Rozsival on the team to team the young guns is so worth it in my opinion. Plus, he can still make some plays on the ice in short stints. It is just a matter of whether the ‘Hawks will have enough money for him in the end.

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