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

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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. In the NHL , you can’t go over the salary cap during the season. There are no exceptions. Therefore, at least one veteran player is going to have to go. If Bowman wants to make any more major additions to the roster, then he will have to make even more moves. That seems unlikely, but that doesn’t mean the Blackhawks are not going to be busy in the offseason. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2117062-will-chicago-blackhawks-have-to-get-rid-of-veterans-to-stay-under-salary-cap

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(USATSI) More NHL Offseason: NHL rumors | Rumor mill | Trade Tracker | 2014-15 preseason odds The Chicago Blackhawks , one of the more cap-strapped teams in the league is adding recent buyout recipient Brad Richards on a one-year, $2 million deal, per multiple reports. Chicago may have just found the solution for their long needed second-line center. The team’s cap situation and the price Richards signed for makes this one of the biggest surprises of free agency opening up. Richards was a key member of the New York Rangers squad that made it to the Stanley Cup Final this year. He put up 51 points in 82 games this season including 20 goals. Richards has nine 20-plus goal seasons in his career, with 867 points in 982 career games. New York ended up using their last remaining compliance buyout on the remainder of Richards’ nine-year, $60 million contract he signed in the summer of 2011. Even at 34, Richards is an effective player who should do well surrounded by the talent on Chicago. He makes a good team better at a position of need and at a very low cost. Richards likely was willing to take less term and money knowing that he’d go to a contender and knowing the Rangers are still paying him a lot to not play for them. By joining Chicago on a one-year deal, the Blackhawks won’t need to have Richards on the payroll as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane ‘s new contracts kick in. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24602867/brad-richards-signs-one-year-2-million-deal-with-blackhawks

Blackhawks Sign C Brad Richards To 1-Year Deal « CBS Chicago

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There’s one report that says a seven-year deal for $7 million per season is in the works for Matt Niskanen. 12:21 p.m.: The Blues are looking more and more likely to land the big centerman on the block, Paul Stastny but stay tuned. 12:02 p.m.: This year is quite different than the last time Brad Richards was on the free-agent market. Which teams might be interested? Renaud Lavoie lists four teams as possible suitors: The Islanders, Blackhawks, Panthers and his former team, the Lightning. 11:57 a.m.: How about the hunt for Brooks Oprik’s services? The Capitals are said to be in on him (they recently hired Todd Reirden, former Penguins assistant who worked with the defensemen. Calgary, Colorado and Florida are also believed to be interested. 11:41 a.m.: Nobody is really talking much about Ales Hemsky, which could be to the benefit of the Coyotes, who appear to be interested in reuniting him with the recently acquired Sam Gagner. 11:38 a.m.: Since it doesn’t look like Dave Bolland will be re-signing in Toronto, there are two teams that have emerged as the candidates to land the center: the Panthers and the Blues, who are chasing bigger fish at center first. With Florida, keep in mind Bolland and GM Dale Tallon’s ties to Chicago. 11:24 a.m.: Habs captain Brian Gionta is going to hit free agency after failing to reach a new deal in Montreal and right away there appears to be mutual interest between he and the Sabres, who have an awful lot of money they need to spend. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24602361/nhl-rumor-mill-let-the-free-agent-frenzy-begin

Sports Digest: Blackhawks ink Brad Richards to one-year deal

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The deal is reportedly worth $2 million. Brad Richards going to Chicago as per source. Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 01, 2014 1 year, $2 mil for Brad Richards to Chicago. Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 01, 2014 Richards recorded 20 goals and 31 assists in 82 games last season for the Rangers. Richards will have an early opportunity to fill the second-line center spot for Chicago, a position in which consistent production has eluded the franchise. Youngster Teuvo Teravainen also figures into the mix there, but he probably needs some more seasoning in the NHL first. Richards was bought out of a nine-year, $60-million deal after he underperformed in the postseason and fell to New Yorks fourth line. Even at 34, he was remarkably durable, playing in every regular-season game and leading New York forwards with 18:41 of ice time per game. The move sends the Blackhawks over the salary cap as they currently sit, so theyll have toshed money at some point. source: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/07/01/report-blackhawks-sign-c-brad-richards-to-1-year-deal/

Brad Richards signs one-year, $2 million deal with Blackhawks – CBSSports.com

Brad Richards will join the Chicago Blackhawks. (USATSI)

Neither side announced the terms of the deal, but several outlets reported that it was a maximum deal worth about $90 million. Pro baseball RAILCATS REDUCE WEEKEND TICKETS FOR MILITARY: RailCats fans that are active or retired military with an ID can purchase $1 tickets for themselves and dependents to games Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The RailCats play the St. Paul Saints for a weekend home stand, including Fourth of July fireworks and red, white and blue caps for the first 1,000 fans on Friday and Willie Glen jersey retirement on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the RailCats box office or by calling (219) 882-2255. RAILCATS USE BIG EIGHTH INNING TO PICK UP WIN: The RailCats erupted for seven runs in the eighth inning Tuesday and defeated host Sioux Falls 13-5. Craig Maddox had a double and RBI single in the eighth. He finished 4 for 5 with two doubles a home run, five RBIs and three runs scored. The RailCats had seven hits in the eighth, including back-to-back doubles from Maddox and Wally Backman. Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. source: http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/recreation/9fcdc5f8-1746-5392-b082-455c15a622a3.html

NHL rumor mill: Let the free-agent frenzy begin – CBSSports.com

After three seasons with the Wild, his time in Minnesota is over. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dregertweeted that Heatley would be willing to take a short-term deal, so teams in need for some scoring punch next season should look his way: Brad Richards takes a 1 year term. Dany Heatley is also willing to go short-term. Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2014 That said, he scored just 47 goals in three years for the Wild. During the latter portion of his time with the team, he served as a mentor for the players who inevitably began to take ice time away from the former 50-goal scorer. A market will surely materialize for Heatley in the coming weeks, but it’s unclear which teams will look his way. There’s still some quality left in his skates, but his true purpose at this point in his career is to mentor youngsters like he did last season with Minnesota. If he scores a few goals along the way, it’ll be a major bonus. Tomas Vokoun Charles Krupa/Associated Press Goaltender Tomas Vokoun didn’t play last season, but he did post a 13-4-0 record in 2012-13 with the Penguins. The 38-year-old still holds value as a reserve netminder, and Chris Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet reports that he could make his decision for next season very soon: Expect to see a few more NHL signings today before things go quiet on July 4th weekend. Tomas Vokoun among those who could find a new home. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2118457-nhl-free-agency-2014-latest-buzz-surrounding-top-players-remaining-on-market


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