There really is one quick way the Chicago Blackhawks rebuild could come to an end, signing free agents.
With the Salary Cap going to be flat for the next couple of seasons, the free-agent market will make less money than anticipated, which could be a benefit for the Blackhawks. The team is in rebuild mode, but one or two real game-changers could put them over the edge.
While the Blackhawks probably won’t sign any big-name players like the ones on this list, they need to improve their team somehow, and maybe that means signing a veteran player or two and paying them what they are worth.
Dougie Hamilton is one of the best defensemen available this summer. The current Carolina Hurricane’s defenseman is a beast in his own end and one the Blackhawks would be wise to sign. Out of all the names on this list, Hamilton will be the most expensive and the most necessary to the team’s success.
The Hawks do not have a true number one defenseman, while Keith and Murphy have been doing their best this season. Bringing in Hamilton would be an instant upgrade, one that could lead to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Dougie Hamilton paired with Duncan Keith, or one of the young guys like Wyatt Kalynuk or Riley Stillman would give the Blackhawks a nice unit to help keep games close. There are a lot of options available, and all the Hawks need to do is find their guys.