Cap space is limited for the Chicago Blackhawks. While they might have a little wiggle room after getting Dylan Strome under contract sometime in the future, that does not mean the team should go out and add anyone.
There are some intriguing names on the market right now regarding free agents, including some former ‘Hawks. However, the Chicago Blackhawks should avoid adding anyone at this time to continue to move in the right direction.
The Chicago Blackhawks currently have about five million in cap space heading into next season. That does not factor into account that the team still does not have Dylan Strome under contract. After that deal is done, the amount of cap space will go down to a million or two. So, adding any players might be a little out of the question for the Blackhawks unless they move a player or two off of their roster.
While Chicago is seeing turnover this year, they are adding a lot of great assets. Yes, the Blackhawks are losing players like Drake Caggiula, Slater Koekkoek, Olli Maatta, Brandon Saad, and Corey Crawford. Still, they added names like Pius Suter, Nikita Zadorov, Mattias Janmark, and Lucas Wallmark, to name a few.
Chicago’s roster is finally starting to take shape, and making any more big moves through free agency would cause more confusion and make things even more crowded. Hopefully, fans will see Dylan Strome signed soon, though, so the team can get their entire roster set and not have to worry about the two parties not working out a deal.
Blackhawks fans have seen some pretty big free-agent signing in the past. However, thanks to this team, finally embracing a rebuild, free agents are not something fans will be seeing until Chicago finally turns the bend back to contention. While players will be added to the Blackhawks, adding top tier free agents while rebuilding is not a recipe for success during the first few years.