Carl Soderberg – 1 million dollars UFA
Carl Soderberg is a great player on this team. Doing his best in the role asked to play, Soderberg is winning big faceoffs in the bottom six. There is no doubt that the Hawks turnaround was impacted by Soderberg a little.
While I think that he is a good player at a great value of just a million dollars, I do not think Soderberg and the Blackhawks will reunite next season. The Hawks have younger players they need to give ice time to, and with Dach nearing a return in the next month, Soderberg is an easy pick to be dealt at the deadline.
Soderberg has been in the NHL since 2012-13. He has been chasing a Stanley Cup since then, having spent time with Boston, Colorado, and Arizona, Soderberg has not captured the Stanley Cup yet.
Should the Hawks decide to deal Soderberg I hope they trade him to a contender in need of a fourth-line center. Of course, Chicago could also try and win him the Stanley Cup this season.
David Kampf – 1 million dollars RFA
David Kampf needs to be back next season with a pay raise nonetheless. Kampf is one of the best defensive forward Chicago has, and considering the team does not have a very good defense, keeping Kampf around will help the team.
David Kampf has been in the NHL since 2017-18, all with the Blackhawks. He has become a Marcus Kruger-like forward, a staple on the fourth line capable of keeping teams off the score sheet in moments of need. Kampf has one of the best faceoff percentages on this team and is deserving of a little pay raise.
I would expect Chicago to re-sign Kampf to a contract at around 1.5 to 2 million dollars for the next few seasons. Kampf is only 26 years old, but the team already knows what they are getting from him.