Will Chicago Blackhawks Have To Get Rid Of Veterans To Stay Under Salary Cap? | Bleacher Report

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Kings’ Dustin Brown Needles Barack Obama About Beating Blackhawks In Playoffs « CBS Boston

Despite a boatload of talented players and one of the most gifted rosters in the league, the Blackhawks had a problem. They had one of the top No. 1 centers in the league in Jonathan Toews, but there was a huge drop-off at the position after the perennial All-Star candidate. The Blackhawks have needed a No. 2 center for a long time, and their inability to put a strong second-line center on the ice may have been one of the key reasons why they were eliminated in overtime of the seventh game against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Final. The Blackhawks attempted to address that problem on the first day of free agency when Darren Dreger of TSN reported thatthey signed veteran Brad Richards to a one-year, $2 million contract. While the move appears to be a good one for the Blackhawks both short- and long-term, there is yet another issue the Blackhawks will have to address: a salary-cap issue. It is just the beginning of the free-agency season. The Blackhawks have made one move, and they are more than $2.2 million over the $69 million salary cap for the 2014-15 season. That means Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman will have to get rid of salary before the start of the season. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2117062-will-chicago-blackhawks-have-to-get-rid-of-veterans-to-stay-under-salary-cap

Blackhawks agree to terms with Richards – KernGoldenEmpire

The Kings posted the video to their website, and in it, Obama offered his sincere praise of what was an exciting postseason run. That was a great series, Obama said, referring to the Kings five-game win over the New York Rangers. Although, I guess if youre a New Yorker, maybe not so much. Brown then interjected. Or a Chicago fan, Brown said. Brown made the Chicago comment, of course, because the Kings defeated the Blackhawks in an epic seven-game series in the Western Conference finals. Brown himself assisted on the goal that tied Game 7 in the third period, and the Kings went on to win in overtime. The dig clearly landed on Obama, a proud supporter of Chicago sports teams. See, I dont know why you had to go there, Obama said. Still, the leader of the free world was able to acknowledge the Kings greatness. You guys seem to just know how to pull out overtime games, Obama said. It was an unbelievable run that you guys had, and its been great to watch what youve done with the Kings, but also in the Olympics, and I just want to say how proud I am to see how youve represented the U.S. source: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/07/04/kings-dustin-brown-needles-barack-obama-about-beating-blackhawks-in-playoffs/

NHL Free Agents 2014: Highlighting Best Deals of Market’s Early Rush | Bleacher Report

His numbers in recent years speak volumes: SEASON 18:41 ESPN Not only does Richards keep the team in contender territory, but he makes the eventual transition for Teuvo Teravainen even easier. All things considered, Chicago got the best deal of all to start things off. Tampa Bay Lightning Steal Anton Stralman Laurence Kesterson/Associated Press A move that will be met with some naysayers considering his breakout season came just one year ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning were content to dish out a five-year contract to defenseman Anton Stralman, as noted by the team’s Twitter account: #TBLightning sign defenseman Anton Stralman to five-year contract. Release: http://t.co/3pQcoo1PsV pic.twitter.com/Ghc5tNsFSd Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) July 1, 2014 Per CBS Sports’ Chris Peters , the deal is worth a total of $22.5 million. Not bad for the No. 216 overall pick in the 2005 draft. Stralman really came on in New York last year with about an average of 20 minutes in ice time per game, which resulted in 12 assists and 104 shots on goal. Over the course of his up-and-down seven-year career, the defensive stalwart has produced 18 goals and 112 total points. Peters put it best in regard to the performance by the front office in Tampa Bay: This is another great move for Steve Yzerman to not overspend on the top available and make a reasonable offer to a defenseman that is going to help, but not change the face of the franchise. If one thing was proved last season, the Lightning needed to get better on defense. They did incredibly well to land one of the more sought-after defensive defensemen while keeping the club well clear of the cap. Yzerman continues to impress in his role as a progressive-thinking general manager. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2117747-nhl-free-agents-2014-highlighting-best-deals-of-markets-early-rush

Bargain-shopping Blackhawks sign Brad Richards – chicagotribune.com

Richards earned $9 million last season in the midst of a lucrative nine- year deal he signed with the New York Rangers in July of 2011. For the upcoming season, however, the 34-year-old pivot will receive a reported $2 million with a no-movement clause included. Last season, he recorded 20 goals and 31 assists in 82 regular-season tilts, then added five goals and 12 points to the Blueshirts’ march to the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals. Richards, a Cup winner in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, has participated in 982 regular-season games and accumulated 276 goals with 591 assists while suiting up for the Bolts, Dallas Stars and Rangers. He has added 33 scores and 57 helpers in 118 postseason appearances, which includes a Conn Smythe Trophy earned during the 2004 playoffs. Earlier on Tuesday, the Blackhawks agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Peter Regin. Regin, 28, played in 61 games for the Islanders and Blackhawks last season, notching four goals and seven assists. In 239 NHL games with New York, Chicago and Ottawa, the native of Denmark has posted 23 goals and 66 points. Chicago also agreed to terms on one-year contracts with goaltender Scott Darling and forwards Cody Bass and Pierre-Cedric Labrie. SportsNetwork source: http://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/blackhawks-agree-to-terms-with-richards/31914/4d_vcdYP_USt48BlHewpEA

Blackhawks add defenseman Kyle Cumiskey – chicagotribune.com

CDT, July 2, 2014 Continuing to add depth to the organization, the Chicago Blackhawks announced Wednesday they have signed 27-year-old defenseman Kyle Cumiskey to a one-year deal. Cumiskey spent last season playing in Sweden, where he compiled 28 points (four goals, 24 assists) in 45 games. The Canadian blueliner has played in 132 NHL games since being drafted by the Colorado Avalanche 222nd overall in the 2005 entry draft. The Western Hockey League alum also has played in six Stanley Cup playoff games, recording a goal and an assist for the Avalanche. Cumiskey has spent the bulk of his professional career in the United States playing in the American Hockey League, where he had 81 points (19 goals and 62 assists) in 153 games with Albany and Lake Erie. This is the Hawks’ second signing this week. On Tuesday, they signed center Brad Richards to a one-year, $2 milllion deal. Copyright 2014 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC chi-defenseman-kyle-cumiskey-signs-20140702 The Chicago Tribune welcomes civil dialogue; you must register to participate. We filter comments for adherence to our Terms of Service , but not for accuracy. By commenting, you agree to these legal terms . Please flag inappropriate comments. source: http://chicagotribune.feedsportal.com/c/34253/f/622872/s/3c1bc86d/sc/13/l/0L0Schicagotribune0N0Csports0Cbreaking0Cchi0Edefenseman0Ekyle0Ecumiskey0Esigns0E20A140A70A20H0A0H9658350Bstory0Dtrack0Frss/story01.htm

He’s played a lot of years and done a lot of incredible things.” Richards, 34, was a key member of theRangersteam that reached theStanley Cup Finalwith 20 goals and 31 assists in 82 regular-season games. New York used its final compliance buyout on the remainder of Richards’ nine-year, $60 million contract signed in ’11 to make him an unrestricted free agent, and the Hawks pounced though they were offering only a one-year, cut-rate deal. “If I was going to go to Chicago, we had to work out something in this fashion,” Richards said. “I was very flexible. I’m coming in because I’m pretty confident that I can still play a lot of hockey in this league. I saw a great opportunity to play on a great team and fill a role. If it’s one year, that’s fine. Hopefully, we make it work and who knows what can happen down the road?” Joining a Hawks team loaded with offensive talent and a chance to center a line withPatrick Kanewas a big lure for Richards. “When you look at the opportunity to play here it’s pretty exciting because you know that if you’re playing center on the top two lines you’re playing with a great player probably two great players,” Richards said. “Patrick Kane is one of the most explosive players in the league. When you get a chance to maybe team up with one of those players on a line it makes you feel pretty excited. I can’t wait to get to work and try to make it a great experience for everybody.” The deal appears to be a bargain for the Hawks, and that’s the only way they were going to bring in a player who can assume a big role. source: http://chicagotribune.feedsportal.com/c/34253/f/622881/s/3c1193bd/sc/13/l/0L0Schicagotribune0N0Csports0Cchi0Enhl0Efree0Eagency0E20A140A70A10H0A0H57877880Bstory0Dtrack0Frss/story01.htm

 

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