Marty Reasoner Trade Doesn’t Solve Chicago Blackhawks Cap Problems

July 22nd, 2010 by Michael Wagner Leave a reply »
The summer of Chicago Blackhawks trades continued today as the 'Hawks dealt Marty Reasoner, acquired in the Dustin Byfuglien trade, to the Florida Panthers for forward Jeff Taffe.

Last season, Taffe appeared in 21 games for the Florida Panthers scoring one goal and one assist while seeing most of his time on the Panthers' fourth line.

A former first round pick of the St. Louis Blues, Taffe has never really panned out at the NHL level, appearing in 174 games and accumulating only 44 points.

Taffe will be expected to compete for a spot on the Blackhawks fourth line because of his low cap hit and experience in that role.

However, Taffe is not the real key to this deal.  Rather, the real prize of this deal is the cap space created by getting Reasoners $1.15 million cap hit off the books to put toward resigning goaltender Antti Niemi.

Although the trade for Marty Reasoner has helped the 'Hawks gain more breathing room under the cap it still might not be enough to pay Niemi what he is demanding after his magical season with the 'Hawks.

Currently the 'Hawks have $138,000 under the cap.

However, that i ...

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