The Chicago Blackhawks want to compete for the playoffs this season while still doing their best to rebuild the roster for years to come.
The Blackhawks have a number of talented players on expiring deals, and with a flat cap for years to come, things are not going to get easier. As of now, the Blackhawks have about 10 million in cap space to work with for next season. That means Chicago will have to work a little harder than usual to keep some of their key players around next season.
Dealing with players on expiring contracts is not easy, especially when considering where the Hawks are at this season. If they were rebuilding and not planning on re-signing the player, I would say the team would do everything within their power to bring in a draft pick at the deadline.
However, the Hawks find themselves in an interesting situation. They are not the worst team in the league, in fact, they might be one of the top four teams within the Central Division. This means the Hawks could be in the playoffs.
Bringing back a similar group next season means re-signing some of these Hawks. So, let’s go over all the players on expiring contracts in Chicago.
Mattias Janmark – 2.25 million dollars UFA
Mattias Janmark is the biggest surprise this season for Chicago. His play this season has been excellent. Janmark came over from Dallas expecting to play a bigger role, and he has done just that.
The Hawks are playing Janmark in the top six. In the past, he was a bottom-six forward who was capable of playing big minutes on the penalty kill. While the Blackhawks penalty kill has been bad as of late, the turnaround at the beginning of the season was in part due to Janmark.
The Blackhawks would be wise to re-sign Janmark this offseason. He has been great so far. The shorter-term the better for the team as they do not want to commit long term to anyone until Dach and Boqvist have contracts in the next few years.
If I had to guess I would say Janmark is going to get around three million for the next two seasons. While this does not help the team’s short-term cap issues, it does allow for them to regroup at the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.