Good Morning Chicago Blackhawks fans!
The Chicago Blackhawks biggest issue in the entire Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane era has been the salary cap. While General Manager Stan Bowman has been able to make a lot of moves around that cap, he’s still been forced to ship a lot of talent away from Chicago including Brandon Saad for starters because the numbers of contract just get too high for the young and upcoming players when the Toews/Kane contracts are so big.
The latest round of salary cap questions comes from Artemi Panarin who has been rumored to be in contract extension talks since the season ended. The Hawks signing Panarin last year was a steal with him winning the Calder Trophy for best rookie, and along with Artem Anisimov helping Patrick Kane have the best season of his NHL career which included the Hart Trophy for league MVP.
Now they need to find a number for Panarin that works for him and their always looming salary cap issues. This week the Athletic writer Scott Powers writes that both Bowman and Panarin’s agent are taking things slow in negotiations but both sides are confident a deal will be made.
The part of slow and confident always worries me in negotiations. I like the confident part although I along with many Blackhawks fans were confident that Saad would negotiate a contract and be part of the core of the Blackhawks for a long time. It’s the slow part which usually means hiccups can occur at any time which could cause Bowman too be looking for a trade come the trade deadline this season. Hopefully it won’t come to that and they will agree on a contract that won’t cost the Blackhawks any more talent on the back end of the deal.
Here are some Chicago Blackhawks morning links to start your Wednesday!
See what the Dallas Stars are thinking when they talk about the Chicago Blackhawks (Blackout Dallas)
Looking around the NHL and the Chicago Blackhawks news is pretty sparse right now (The Committed Indian)
The Best and Worst Case Scenarios for each team in the NHL for the 2016-2017 NHL season (Bleacher Report)