The Chicago Blackhawks are up against the salary cap for next season. It is going to take a little bit of swindling but I believe the Blackhawks might find a way under the cap with their stars.
It really does not make sense what Stan Bowman did during last seasons offseason. He brought in so many players on big contracts like Calvin de Haan Olli Maatta and Andrew Shaw to name a few. Those three deals cost the Blackhawks almost 12 million in cap space.
While we might not have made the playoffs if it was not for those two defensemen throughout the regular season, it comes with a cost as we try to sign our new free agents. Chicago has some big-name players trying to stay with the team, and things are not going to be easy.
The Blackhawks are paying the price for having stars like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Those two players earned their contracts when they signed for 10 million, and I will never say that those contracts were mistakes.
Now Brent Seabrook also earned his contract. I know we all might not like it, but he earned it the years prior when he helped get the Blackhawks their championships. All of these cap issues now might be a burden, but I would take it any day if it meant we got to watch the Blackhawks win their three championships in six seasons.
With that in mind, let’s look at the free agents the Blackhawks are going to need to get under contract this offseason.