The Chicago Blackhawks are over the cap. This is a fact. Fans are waiting for a trade, even though, it may mean parting with a player that A) they like, B) is vital to this hockey team or C) all of the above.
Chances are they will have to wait a little longer as the Chicago Blackhawks are hosting their fan convention this weekend. Anyone that has followed this team knows that they like to use this as a major PR/Kool-Aid drinking fest and why shouldn’t it be. There are a lot of great things going on with this team. You can mark the 8-year extensions to #19 and #88 top of that list.
After that, all bets are off and the rumours will kick back up. Most will say that Stan Bowman is dealing from a position of weakness, however the Hawks still have assets and options to get under the salary cap while making their club competitive for the now and the future. Those names are:
* Sharp ($5.9M – Trading your top goal scorer is not the most ideal, however, any way you slice it, Sharpie looks like he may be the odd man out of the core. In light of the Toews/Kane signings, riding of his contract would give them flexibility and his skillset would warrant the best return.)
* Leddy ($2.7M – He plays on their 2nd PP unit but has yet been able to effectively crack the top 4 in regular play. Leddy is still young though and has room to grow. He would fetch a decent return and could be expendable if Stan feels their is a replacement within the organization.)
* Oduya ($3.4M – A very valuable member of this d-core, Oduya could find himself buying a ticket out of town. It would be a big hole to fill though as he really carved out an important role on this team and playing a part of the shutdown pairing with fellow Swede, Nik Hjalmarsson.)
* Rozsival ($2.2M – He seems to have lost a step but could still prove to be a solid veteran presence on a young defensive squad. Only problem is, if it’s an inexperienced group looking for leadership, that will mean it’s not a very good team and Rozy has a NTC.
* Versteeg ($2.2M – Coming off knee surgery the year prior, Versteeg hasn’t found his full stride yet. I don’t think many teams will take a chance on him and I believe the Hawks, at his salary, will give him another shot. He seems to be great for team chemistry in the Windy City.)
* Bickell ($4.0M – The problem is, if you trade Big Bicks you do not have a similar player to take his spot. A younger, less expensive player would have to be brought in. Still, it could happen.)
Let me guess, you may hate pre-disposed lineups and fake trade proposals, but it’s the middle of summer and oh… grow up and have some fun. Here is a look at every Eastern Conference (Hawks unlikely to shed cap space to a Western Team who would be willing to help them out) with potential deals to get under the cap.
Keep in mind the other teams’ needs and current position of their hockey club this off-season. Here we go:
Boston Bruins: No deal – the Bruins are unlikely to trade with Hawks on a major deal, but even if they were, they are in cap hell as well.
Buffalo Sabres: trade Chris Stewart & Matt Hackett for Bryan Bickell, Michal Rozsival & Phillip Danault
Carolina Hurricanes: trade Jiri Tlusty, Phil Di Giuseppe & 2015 2nd Round Pick for Patrick Sharp
Columbus Blue Jackets: trade Matt Calvert & 2015 3rd Round Pick for Nick Leddy & Kris Versteeg
Detroit Red Wings: trade Marek Tvrdon for Nick Leddy
Florida Panthers: trade Tomas Kopecky & Quinton Howden, 2015 3rd Round Pick for Patrick Sharp & Michal Rozsival
Montreal Canadiens: trade Travis Moen & Nathan Beaulieu for Johnny Oduya, Kris Versteeg & Phillip Danault
New Jersey Devils: trade Ben Thomson & 2015 3rd Round Pick for Johnny Oduya
New York Islanders: trade Anders Lee for Johnny Oduya
New York Rangers: Carl Hagelin, Conor Allen & Marek Hrivik for Patrick Sharp & Adam Clendenning
Ottawa Senators: Colin Greening, Patrick Wiercioch & Mark Stone for Nick Leddy & Bryan Bickell
Philadelphia Flyers: No Deal – unless they can unload Vinny Lecavalier, they only have $2M of cap space.
Pittsburgh Penguins: No Deal – see Boston
Tampa Bay Lightning: TB does not have much wiggle room, so a deal after this would need to be made. TB trades Richard Panik for Kris Versteeg & Phillip Danault
Toronto Maple Leafs: trade Cody Franson & Garret Sparks for Patrick Sharp, Michal Rozsival & Garret Ross
Washington Capitals: No Deal – unless they can unload Mike Green, they only have $1M of cap space.
All of these EA Sports trades are cap compliant. Go on, test if out on Cap Geek (that is to say with one small caveat in the TOR trade because Franson is awaiting an arbitration hearing – but it should still work).
Let me know your feedback or own proposals. If you want to know my thinking behind these, fire me a note on the message boards or on twitter (@tycam).
About the Author: I am a rare Chicago Blackhawks fan from Canada, one might describe me as a hockey connoisseur and a solid checking line centre to your local rec hockey team. I once lived in a town of 500 people and now work in the hockey mecca that is Toronto. I work in the wonderful world of Advertising and these opinions are one of my own and not of my company - don't get it twisted.