With the Blackhawks season fastly approaching, today we are starting the official count down to the beginning of the year. Chicago is 64 days away from their first game on October 13th against the Colorado Avalanche, and that should be a great team to test out the Blackhawks’ new and improved roster.
The Chicago Blackhawks season is David Kampf days away, also known as 64.
David Kampf played with the Chicago Blackhawks for four seasons taking the fourth line role from Marcus Kruger and doing a great job with the team. However, this offseason money was a little bit tighter for the Hawks with the additions of Marc-Andre Fleury and Seth Jones. So they were not able to get Kampf back under contract.
Instead, Kampf signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He should be a great depth addition to the roster and already one of the best penalty killers the team will need. While I do think Kampf still has a lot of hockey ahead of him, I understand why Chicago couldn’t afford to bring him back.
For one, the money side of things was not going to work, Chicago is going to have to make a few tricks to squeeze this group under the cap by putting a contract or two in Rockford, to sign Kampf for an additional 1.5 million would be too close for the team.
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Plus with Adam Gaudette re-signed it doesn’t seem like there is a spot open for Kampf on the roster. Chicago has a pretty deep roster right now and they had to say goodbye to a few players. Now we are 64 days away from seeing if it all works out.
So what comes next for this team? The roster is pretty much in place. The draft is over. And finally, Seattle has their team. So what now? One would think this is going to be a pretty quiet set of months for the NHL. Chicago might make a few more moves and or extend a couple of contracts that are set to expire this coming year, but besides that, we will have to wait and see what puck drop brings us in October.
The Blackhawks’ last game was at home against the Dallas Stars on May 10th, and now we are 92 days past that mark. The offseason is over halfway done, and that is a good thing because next season’s roster will definitely be more fun to watch.