All the other Blackhawks players on expiring contracts:
Bringing back Carlsson and any other player on this should not be too difficult for the team. While it does not look like anyone outside of Carlsson is going to stick in the NHL, having other players around allows for some better depth within the organization.
The Blackhawks are going to have to re-sign Janmark (2.75 million), Kampf (1.5 million), Suter (2.5 million), Hagel (1 million), and Zadorov (3.5 million) all this offseason. Bringing back all of those players would cost the Hawks around 11 million in cap space and would put the team back at the top of the cap ceiling.
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A lot of the estimates I said could be changed and reworked, but I do think Chicago is going to have a hard time getting under the salary cap next season. They very well might have to find a way to trade Brent Seabrook’s contract or even part ways with some other bigger contracts in order to bring back all of these guys next year.