Blackhawks sure to go for a splash in free agency

With the salary cap at $70.2  million for the time being, Bowman has more than $8 million at his disposal. The Hawks also have been dangling defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, so more cap room may become available.

Here’s a look at free agency:



Notable unrestricted free agents

Zach Parise (Devils), Shane Doan (Coyotes), Olli Jokinen (Flames), Dustin Penner (Kings), P.A, Parenteau (Islanders), Jaromir Jagr (Flyers)

Back check

There are plenty of big names out there — even more so, considering the Blue Jackets’ Rick Nash and the Ducks’ Bobby Ryan are available via trades — but the Hawks have to fix their holes at center. Their lack of depth up the middle has hurt matchups and been exposed far too much.

It’s not just on the second line, either. They simply need more legitimate centermen – not wings capable of handling the middle — who are solid in the faceoff circle but can competently handle all the responsibilities associated with the position. The Hawks had depth in the middle when they won the Stanley Cup in 2010, just as the Kings did this past season.

There are plenty of playmaking wings available. Parise is coveted by everyone, and Doan could provide an aggressive edge and some veteran savvy. Both should be pitched.


Notable UFas

Ryan Suter (Predators), Matt Carle (Flyers), Jason Garrison (Panthers)


4 Responses to Blackhawks sure to go for a splash in free agency

  1. HABSdomination says:

    Is it just me or does Bobby Ryan for Patrick Kane, with a couple of picks/prospects involved on both sides, sound like a good deal? Even straight up would be good i’m sure. Ryan being a canadian, reunited with Toews. Plus, the Hawks would rid themselves of a locker room poison like Kane who is arguably one of the best players in the world today, but lacks a bit of a brain when he gets off the ice.

    Sounds like a win/win situation to me.

    • TimTheBone says:

      Kane is more valuable to the hawks than Ryan… I like ryans size, sure… But to me Kane is a more dynamic player who could contend for nhl hardware (art Ross, Richard)…. Not likely he’d win but he’s a contender more so than Ryan…

      Also Ryan is American, not Canadian…

  2. ZillyHoo says:

    Those hands… Does anyone think he has a chance at the roster this year or will he be traded?

    I don’t want to see him in the minors anymore.

    • Ryrad8 says:

      I have been a huge Kadri fan since the day the leafs drafted him. I don’t think keeping him in the minors is hurting him or the team, BUT the leafs have to stop yo-yoing him up and down, it is ruining his confidence. Anybody who has seen him play knows when he has his confidence he is a offensive beast. His defensive play is sub-par at best. He reminds me of another leaf forward… Kessel? But, nobody yo-yo’d him. Anyways wanted to point out that I’m a Habs fan, and not just a leaf-fan rambling.

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