The Hawks are getting very close to filling out their roster. This morning, they agreed to a one-year, $600,000 deal with 2004 1st round pick Jack Skille. Skille took a decent sized paycut from his previous salary of $1.2 million. With time ticking on his NHL career, this is very likely him taking one step back in hopes of taking three steps forward next summer.
With the signing, the Hawks now have 10 forwards under contract for next year’s roster. You would have to assume Bryan Bickell and Jake Dowell are also very close to coming to terms. That would give the Hawks exactly 12 forwards, or four full lines. You’d have to expect them to carry one more forward or they could be planning on the Rockford dance again this year.
They still have a couple more slots to fill on the defense with 5 guys currently under contract, though John Scott is one of them. And the goalies, well, that’s where things get a little stickier.