Topic: 2017 Blackhawks
2016 is in the books.
Bowman spent more of his owners money on salaries than any other gm.
The cap crunch, chapter 6, is underway.
Kruger getting a raise to 2.85.
Shaw due a big raise
Scuderi eating 1.125 of dead space
Bonus money to Panarin and Roszival is measured in millions
Bickell's 4 million dollar cap hit still has to be moved
Seabrook's raise kicks in
Hossa thrived as a 3rd line RW for 5.25 against the cap
Expansion news will impact roster management.
No first or 2nd round pick this year right now
Prospect pool is pretty light
Schmaltz still hasn't signed a contract
Forsling did sign a contract
Q and Bowman signed for 4 or 5 more years
So business as normal for the Hawks. Up against the cap, depth is very suspect, a few players racking up the miles and lots of bloated contracts are in the way.
First significant move for Bowman:
Told that defenseman Michal Kempny's deal with the Blackhawks is done. @ByScottPowers first to report it was close.
Should be a nice addition to the blueline's bottom pair, maybe even the 4 slot. I have no idea how his game will translate to the NHL. Kempny is nice UDFA signing, and since he's an ELC, the likelihood of getting a better addition cheaper is slim and none right now.