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Could the Chicago-Florida pipeline open once again?

Jul 9, 2014, 7:43 PM EDT

Two things happened today that could be related somewhere down the road:

1) Chicago gave Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane matching eight-year, $84 million extensions.

2) This…

The Panthers and Blackhawks have one major thing in common — Tallon. He used to serve as the GM in Chicago and, during his tenure with the Panthers, has shown great affinity for his old Windy City buddies.

Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky, Brandon Pirri, Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen all came directly from Chicago and, on July 1, Tallon kept the trend going by signing two more of his old ‘Hawks: Shawn Thornton and Dave Bolland.

So it’s pretty clear Tallon likes getting guys out of Chicago. Which brings us back to Kane and Toews.

When their extensions (and $10.5M cap hits) kick in for the 2015-16 campaign, GM Stan Bowman is going to be in a world of financial hurt. Per Capgeek, the club will have just 15 players under contract for $65 million, and there are some big negotiations down the road: Brandon Saad, a budding star in his own right, will need a new deal after next season; same goes for versatile center Marcus Kruger and offensive defenseman Nick Leddy.

(Blueliner Johnny Oduya is a UFA after next season too.)

It stands to reason that Bowman will need to move one of his high-priced forwards not named Toews or Kane in order to make this all fit. Patrick Sharp’s name has been floated on numerous occasions, as he’s on the books at $5.9M through 2017.

Sharp, it should be noted, has scored 30-plus goals in four of his last six seasons.

Sure sounds like someone Tallon might be interested in acquiring, no?

  1. no - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:09 PM


    • no - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      guys its funny cause my username

    • desertfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Actually outscores both JT and PK per season???

    • blomfeld - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      “Could the Chicago-Florida pipeline open once again ?” …


      • no - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:30 AM

        blomfeld is the proprietor of

      • blackhawksdynasty - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        Troll much, blom?


  2. esracerx46 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Dont forget about the Winnipeg connection

  3. tross16 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    That would actually be a really good fit with sharpie goin to fla but I don’t see it happeneing

  4. bizzmoneyb - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    i hope so. i was hoping Toews and Kane would hit the market.. oh well. i wish Tallon wouldve just held onto the money he gave to Ballard for next offseason.. which has much better free agents. seriously.. $5.5 mil per season for a guy that has very little offense?!! thats almost superstar money for a very average player.

    • 19to77 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      I’m guessing that was an autocorrect and you meant Bolland. And while he’s now hugely overpaid, granted, it actually isn’t that bad for the Panthers as a team. Right now they’re a bit under $15m short of the cap ceiling with only a handful of RFAs to sign. Of those, only Gudbranson is in line for a substantial raise, while Pirri, Hayes and Olsen will receive small pay bumps but nothing big. As for NEXT summer, Bolland’s contract doesn’t hamper them much. Fleischmann, Upshall, Kopecky and Bergenheim are all hitting UFA and potentially freeing up a little shy of $14m in cap space if none are retained. Tallon will have another batch of RFAs to resign next summer so that’ll eat up some cap space, true, but they should still be going into next year’s free agency period with at minimum $10-12m to play with. If they want to sign some names, they’ll have the room to pitch competitive offers.

      • garn53 - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        Florida ranked 29th in attendance in the NHL last year averaging only 14,177 fans per game. Only Phoenix drew less. Both teams are in financial trouble. Florida does not make the playoffs which means even less revenue for the owners. I know the old saying ‘you have to spend money to make it’ applies but it’s kind of like throwing money into an old car – one way or another it is probably going to die at some point and leave the owner hurting. Tough call in a non hockey market.

  5. esracerx46 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Bickell and Versteeg for Evander Kane? Nah, Winnipeg is that dumb

    • garn53 - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Versteeg / Rozsival / Oduya and a prospect for Kane and a third rounder. Bring up the Hawk youth to fill in the holes and pour the coals to them. I still don’t think Winnipeg would go for it but Kane is not a happy camper where he is and Winnipeg is losing patience. Chicago inherits a pain in the ass cry baby with potential but with proper Q mentorship and leadership from JT he could become a functioning citizen.

  6. elrock7 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Mr Halford, could you please tell me when Shawn Thornton played for the Hawks? I thought he only played for Bruins and Ducks.

    • no - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      30 games from 03-06 ish

    • Mike Halford - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Played for them the years before and after the 04-05 lockout.

      • no - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        sorry, i didnt know we could summon you like that

      • tfilarski - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        Guess he’s never heard of Hockey Reference

      • comeonnowguys - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        I don’t buy it. No mention of the slag heaps from Pittsburgh.

      • multiplemiggs - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:05 AM

        Or Google

  7. cfos00 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    I would gladly see us trade Versteeg back for a bag of their finest practice pucks. Ok, any 30 of their practice pucks…

    • tc634 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      His laziness and bad attitude on a rough stretch are contagious. So happy we got back Dylan Olsen and Jimmy Hayes, two physical and continually effective players, for his negative ego. So I’ll just keep the bag of pucks

  8. justanotherphillyfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    I think Chicago has Conner McDavid in his hands here 😉

    Edmonton will win the Draft lottery next year and they will be ashamed to pick in the top 5 AGAIN so they trade the 1st Overall pick to Chicago for one of those players + something more.

    Anything else I can’t see happen to Toews & Kane.

    They had more trade value without new contracts in my opinion. Any NHL GM would’ve traded very high assets for one of those players without new contracts because any GM would’ve thought they could’ve resign them to a 7 or 8M a year contract.
    Don’t get me wrong they are very skilled players but 10.5M a year? Thats a lot, they haven’t reached 100 points a season yet – and it’s not a sure thing that if you trade Patrick Kane to lets say Florida he will get 80 points easy.
    I thought Giroux was a little overpaid with his 8M for only one season in the 90’s ( next to Jagr )

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      They’re paid just about right. 25-year-olds with two Cups, four conference championships, each a Conn Smythe winner, and Toews being a two-time Selke finalist and one-time winner to boot. There’s not a duo like them in the league right now–not this young, and not this successful.

      These contracts kick in the year after next. The cap is only going to go up, and at that time the contract will have a one-time jump on top of that. The Blackhawks are most definitely taking a gamble that the cap increases will be big enough to lessen the impact on two superstar contracts. But as gambles go, it’s pretty safe.

      And they are worth the price.

      • desertfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        These two guys are way overpaid.

        Look at their stats.

        Neither a superstar!!!

        Great agent.

        5 years at $6 per would be market.

      • comeonnowguys - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        Yes, I’m looking at the stats that actually matter–for which they are Reason 1a and 1b.

      • wutangwild - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        desertfan…put your dunce cap back on

      • hawksin5 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        Would like to congratulate Desertfan on making the dumbest comment I’ve ever seen on PHT.

    • ray2013 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:00 AM

      They are proud of their string of #1s; they wouldn’t trade a #1 overall in next season’s draft.

    • garn53 - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      desertfan -> they are clutch – a very difficult to find commodity in the NHL.

  9. hockeyflow33 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Not a bad place to go if you’re already on the Cup. Automatic pay raise from the tax difference and year-round golf

  10. lakeshoreleafsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Another publicity stunt from the Panthers’ GM? Is this a new attempt to keep the Florida Panthers’ relevancy during the off-season by Dale Tallon having something to say? Is this the same Dale Tallon who was anxiously ready and willing to trade their first overall draft pick?

  11. adamal17 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    In other Chicago news involving the Hawks offseason practice facility…–training-facility-after-having-safety-concerns-dismissed-164853988.html
    I invite everyone to please give the arena management a piece of their mind for banning someone who was robbed at gunpoint in their parking lot.

  12. kicksave1980 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Desertfan…neither of them are superstars? Please, submit your list of nhl superstars. I’ll bet it only has 2 or 3 names on it.

  13. chrisk61 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    versteeg stinks

    • garn53 - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Versteeg just came off a bad knee injury. He might be able to turn it around. To toss him away might be a big mistake but with the signings of 19 & 88 people MUST go so i guess his name is in the mix. Too bad for him. When he was with the Hawks he had ‘star’ written all over him and his talent could not be denied -> what happened?

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