Marty Reasoner has now joined the immortal Kelly Kisio as one of the shortest tenured Blackhawks in team history. As was predicted many times, Marty Reasoner was sent packing to Florida for career AHL’er Jeff Taffe. Taffe was a 4th line center when he saw time in the NHL.
So now the Hawks cleared off another $1.15 million off their books and seemed determined to gain enough room to offer a contract to Antti Niemi. As it stands now – and assuming Cristobal Huet’s $5.65 cap hit is off the books – the Hawks have just under $5 million in cap space while still in need of two more forwards, a defenseman, and a goalie (substitute Toivonen instead of Crawford and the Hawks have about $5.2 in cap space. So maybe that’s why Bowman pulled the trigger on the relatively harmless deal in Feburary. Though that might be giving him too much credit).
That’s all just to field a team of 18 skaters and 2 goalies.
If you fill in the bottom of the roster with guys making near or at the league minimum, it gives them about $2.55 million in cap space to sign Antti Niemi. You’d think that be more than enough, but at the same time, you’re also looking at Jassen Cullimore as your 7th defensemen and Evan Brophey as your 13th forward. Woof.
Here you can kill some time at work filling in your team here.
–The reason I included Brophey is because the Hawks agreed to terms on a two-way contract with the 2005 3rd round pick. Brophey took a paycut on his NHL salary going from $875,000 to $500,000 but actually got a bump in pay in his AHL salary going from $50,000 to $75,000.
–Tim Sassone started fanning the flames of a possible Brian Campbell trade because Nick Leddy may be close to agreeing to terms on a professional contract. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see, but that seems a little far-fetched.
It wouldn’t be the rarest thing for a 1st round pick to bypass college after his freshmen year but I fail to see why Leddy is automatically locked into Campbell’s spot should he be moved. You’d like to think the Hawks would be getting a little bit of salary relief in the process and could afford a more realistic option before heaping the pressure of being the Hawks 3rd defensemen on a 20 year-old with no professional experience.