How Buying Out Brian Campbell Could Save the Chicago Blackhawks’ Future

November 16th, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
There are lots of rumors flying around the Chicago Blackhawks right now, and most of them have to do with potential player movement.

However, while some rumors center around improving the team for a run at the Stanley Cup this year, most of them are the work of mad scientists/hockey writers trying to make all of the current Hawks fit into the salary cap next year.

The latest rumor is that the Blackhawks will announce, at some point during the upcoming circus trip, that they have agreed to long-term deals with their two young stars, Patrick Kane and captain Jonathan Toews.

As Pierre LeBrun postulates on, any fair market contracts for these two would almost certainly mean there isn’t enough cap space in Chicago for Duncan Keith.

Keith is the rock of the Hawks’ blue line and must be retained. But considering what other top defensemen are making (Tomas Kaberle is at $4.25 million, Zdeno Chara is at $7.5 million, Brian Campbell is at $7.14 million), Keith is going to get a substantial raise from his current salary of $1.9 million.

Assuming Keith’s cap number jumps to fair market value, which should be in the neig ...

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