Last week there were rumors galore of which Blackhawks core player was being traded. It went from Brent Seabrook to Niklas Hjalmarsson to Patrick Kane. Hjalmarsson seemed like the mostly likely trade candidate based on the requirements that Jay Zawaski of CBS laid out.
It appears that nobody from the core will need to be moved this off-season.
Currently the Blackhawks sit at $77,520,68 which is $2, 520,628 over the cap. That is until the Marcus Kruger and Trevor van Riemsdyk trade to Vegas goes through. Frank Seravalli of TSN reiterates that Kruger and TVR to Vegas is a done deal.
The Core Can Remain Intact This Season
When that deal is complete, the Blackhawks shed $3,908,333.00 in cap space. If my math is correct that means that the Blackhawks will be $1,387,705 under the cap after the deal with Vegas is complete.
In theory that means that the Blackhawks can afford all of their core players this season. Now there is no guarantee that the salary cap will go up in years to come, but there is also no guarantee that the cap will go down in years to come.
So it might be prudent to trade a “core player” this off-season to free up future space. It will be interesting to see how Stan Bowman plays his cards in the next few days.
Blackhawks Current Free Agents
With $1,387,705 under the cap, the Blackhawks can use that money to re-sign some of their current free agents. These thoughts are made under the assumption that Vegas won’t sign any of these guys.
Here are my snap judgments:
Tomas Jurco: He will be resigned, he was protected by the Blackhawks and Bowman gave up a pick for him.
Brian Campbell: Sadly soupy might be done with the Hawks.
Johnny Oduya: He will have to take his abs to another city.
Andrew Desjardins: There is a chance he resigns a 2-way deal with us. The Hawks keep him at Rockford.
Dennis Rasmussen: I believe he is leaving. I wouldn’t have thought it without reading this tweet by Chief at Barstool sports.
Free Agent Goalie
The Blackhawks also need to invest some of their new found cap space in a free agent goalie. Everyone agrees the Blackhawk cannot enter this season with Jeff Glass at the Backup goalie. Vegas will determine which net minders are available via free agency.
The Core should remain intact for this season.