Stock Check

Since the re-buffing of Antti Niemi and signing of Marty Turco, there’s finally a light at the end of the Blackhawks off-season tunnel.  Over the weekend, they announced a one-year contract to Jordan Hendry for $600,000.  If you recall, the Hawks refused to offer Hendry a qualifying offer in hopes he would take less than his salary of $675,000 from a year ago.  Which he did.  Great success.

So if you’re keeping score, the Hawks will more than likely have 7 defensemen, 2 goaltenders, and 13 forwards set to start the season.  All with a bit of cap space to spare.  Of course, unlike last year’s training camp, I count at least 4 roster battles in the pre-season.  Every spot on the fourth line, including the 13th forward, will be up for grabs, their 6th and 7th defensemen are still up in the air, and Corey Crawford will have to make sure not to crap all over himself in the pre-season.

After a colon-cleansing off-season, Stan Bowman has but one decision to make: Deciding on which free agent defenseman he wants to sign.  There’s plenty of available depth guys and there’s no rush on any of them, lest the KHL comes calling for them.  Once he gets whoever the Hawks have targeted as ‘their’ guy, the training camp roster will be set to go.

Until then, let the rampant speculation begin.

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5 Responses to Stock Check

  1. feyer says:

    I almost hate to bring this up in light of the recent ruling on Kovi’s contract and the subsequent discussion about once again reviewing other long term contracts, but here goes: Article 26 of the CBA permits the league to impose certain Circumvention penalties on a team including fines up to $5 million, forfeiture of an unspecified number of draft picks, and a forfeiture of any NHL Game(s) determined to have been affected by a Circumvention.

  2. Otter says:

    Kim Johnsson! Kim Johnsson! Kim Johnsson!

    Also is Michael Nylander still playing hockey? I wouldn’t mind seeing him on a 4th line. Or is he totally done? I still have a soft spot for Nylander if only because I used to sell him fish.

  3. Lou says:

    IMHO, if Bettman is dumb enough to now look into contracts that the league approved, he deserves to be ass raped by every player in the NHLPA.

    the interesitng thing is Hossa’s contract is one in which the player is currently playing. the others – Zett, Chrissy, and bobbie Sue are not.

    My gut says the NHL put a stop to this like they wanted… but J Edgar Bettman is a napolean so who really knows what the angry little hobbit is up to.

  4. Hoo says:

    I find it ridiculous that the merry midget can come in and investigate contracts. If they fit under the cap, its the teams problems, not his. If some team wants to pay a guy until he’s 45, so be it.

    Also, Hawks just signed Boynton.

  5. illinikc33 says:

    I mean, these contracts don’t violate the CBA do they? Sure they violate the spirit of the CBA, but that’s the fault of the bunch of lawyers who drafted it; it’s their oversight. Exploiting loopholes is as American as apple pie and Chevrolet. They should be trying to amend that shit rather than punishing what is (unless I’m completely wrong about this) otherwise a technical compliance with the CBA.

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