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‘Hawks GM says cap problem not an issue til training camp

Jul 19, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

Stan Bowman AP

If you’re a Chicago Blackhawks fan that’s stressing out about how the team is above the salary cap at the moment, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing GM Stan Bowman isn’t too worried right now.

Before the start of the Blackhawks convention in Chicago, Bowman addressed reporters regarding where the team is at following the bulk of free agency. According to CapGeek, the Blackhawks are currently over the salary cap by $2.2 million, but as Tracey Myers of CSNChicago.com shared, it’s not a problem for the team right now.

“A lot of things change between now and (October.) You have to display some patience,” Bowman said prior to the Blackhawks’ convention opening ceremonies. “A lot of things happen once camps open, both for us and for other teams, in terms of players maybe you expect to meet expectations don’t quite do it and certain teams are looking around trying to find players. I always think you’re always in a good position when you have a lot of established players. I think that’s better than the other way around.”

Teams don’t have to be cap compliant until the start of the regular season, so stressing out now doesn’t do a lot of good. All it takes is for an injury with another team during training camp to create a need elsewhere.

Only problem for Chicago is they’re one of four teams currently over the cap with Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, and Boston also joining them. They’ll have company when it comes to finding a partner to deal with to get under the limit.

  1. rmccleary97 - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    The difference between the Blackhawks and the Bruins, Lightning and Flyers is that those three can point to a guy we all know isn’t going to play again (Savard, Ohlund and Pronger respectively) and say, “LTIR” and *poof* – they’re cap-compliant again. Chicago doesn’t have that benefit.

    Bowman’s right, though – until we’re on the verge of starting the season, he doesn’t have to do anything. And sure, there could always be an injury somewhere (even with his team) that could change things – but there’s only 11 guys who can get moved on their own to get the Hawks under the cap, and no more than 3 of those are actually likely to be candidates to get dealt (and they all hold some form of NTC). Sure, Bowman could be a jerk and waive one of those guys to get around that – but that creates potential problems down the road (players who may have settled for a NTC now want a NMC having seen what happened to someone else and saying, “I don’t know that I can trust you”).

    All that said, Bowman’s real problem isn’t this year. It’s next year, when he’s he’s got few dollars available and 3 relatively important RFA’s (Kruger, Saad, Leddy) to sign – and it’s the year after that when he still likely won’t have many dollars available and Shaw and Seabrook will be RFA and UFA respectively.

  2. gridassassin - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Seabrook, Oduya and/or Sharp will be gone this year or next.

    • McFaddensPulledHammy - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      The latter two will be. Seabrook is going nowhere.

  3. bcisleman - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    This is one of those dog days of summer articles when there isn’t much to write about so Joe writes about this. We’ve known for some time that the Hawks will likely have to move two vets for players on elts. As they don’t have clauses, Versteeg and Leddy are my guesses.

    We have also known for some time that nothing was likely to happen before camp pretty much for the reasons Bowman outlined. Nothing new here but, hey, Joe found something to do today, so there’s that.

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