2010 Stanley Cup Finals: How To Keep the Blackhawks Together Next Year

June 10th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
The Chicago Blackhawks are the champions of the NHL. But will money force them to be a one-and-done team?

The short answer: No.

But there will be some casualties.

Lots of national analysts, like Spector, and some local analysts in Chicago have all taken their shots at how screwed the Blackhawks are financially heading into this summer. There are a lot of free agents on the roster, both restricted and unrestricted, and the financial realities will become real quicker than fans want to believe. With the Draft in just two weeks, and a lot of trade potential is centered around that event.

So let’s look at how the Blackhawks can be financially saved, and still competitive, in 2010-11. Got your calculator ready?

The Reality

The Blackhawks have roughly $57.6 million tied up in 14 players for next year. Here are the contracts the Blackhawks have in play for 2010-11, with the cap numbers and expiration year:

Jonathan Toews: $6.300M – 2015 Patrick Kane: $6.300M – 2015 Marian Hossa: $5.233 – 2021 Dave Bolland: $3.375 – 2014 Patrick Sharp: $3.900M – 2012 Kris Ver ...

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