4. The Team Still Has Cap Space To Work With
Jones’s contract does not kick into effect until the 2022-23 season. So for now he is still on that five million dollar deal. That means the team has some more cap space to work with this offseason. The team has around 5.9 million dollars in space as of now according to CapFriendly.
That doesn’t include the LTIR space they can use during the season when Seabrook and Shaw’s contracts are put on the Long Term Injury Reserved List. With around six million in cap space, the team can go out and add another player or two where they see fit. Could a trade for a goalie occur? I mean possibly but I think that would wait until the season began.
I think the team will have to wait to add a few contracts for the regular season similar to what they did last season with Strome when they waited for right before the season to get the contract extension worked out, just because they do not have that much space to work with.
Now they will have to figure out what to do with Zadorov, it will probably just come down to letting him walk in free agency unless they find a team that wants him in the next day or two and they don’t want to risk him going to free agency to see other options.
For this season, Chicago basically swapped the cap space of Duncan Keith for Seth Jones, that to me doesn’t seem that and. Obviously where the trouble comes in for a lot of people is how much he will get paid on his new contract, but to me, that doesn’t seem like that big of an issue.