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Chicago Blackhawks Signing Erik Karlsson A Long Shot, Not Impossible

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OTTAWA, ON - MARCH 29: Ottawa Senators Defenceman Erik Karlsson (65) talks to the linesman before a face-off during third period National Hockey League action between the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators on March 29, 2018, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - MARCH 29: Ottawa Senators Defenceman Erik Karlsson (65) talks to the linesman before a face-off during third period National Hockey League action between the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators on March 29, 2018, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks recently dumped Marian Hossa‘s $5 million contract on the Arizona Coyotes, freeing up some space to make some additions and fix their current problems. However, with big names in the market, do they have the chance to add some expensive power to their lineup?

It’s hard to predict the future, yes. In sports, general managers and front office groups find ways to make the unexpected happen.

With the Chicago Blackhawks’ current problems, which range from mediocre offensive production, to a deteriorating defensive depth, we’re going to dig into the option of signing defender Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators.

Current salaries and options

The ‘Hawks have more than $39 million currently invested in Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford. With only $5.4 million to spend on their budget, signing a player like Karlsson may seem a bit tough unless it were a one-year deal. However, there might be a way to do so.

Defensive options are there for the Blackhawks. They have a ton of young players looking to come up in the future and play a big role on the back end.

Although they might not make a big difference as soon as they crack the lineup, it still feeds into the agenda of possibly signing Karlsson. If the Blackhawks were to dump Seabrook, who is aging with a dwindling production value, they could possibly make room for a short-term contract.

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Yes, they’d most likely have to retain salary and give up something extra in return, but it could be worth it.

The only problem would be signing Karlsson is discussing a contract that would be worth his while. He’s an elite player, and elite players want elite contracts.

It’s doubtful that he would sign anything under three years, especially with the Blackhawks and their downfall in the league recently. However, if the ‘Hawks were to somehow get an extra $3-4 million free in their salary, I’m sure they could make some headway into talks with Karlsson.

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Yes, this is most likely a long shot. But, it’s definitely a point of discussion with the current situation with the team. If this were to happen, it would dramatically change the scheme and culture of Chicago Blackhawks hockey.

What would you be willing to give up for some room to sign Karlsson?

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