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

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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

Blackhawks sign Richards, retain Regin – Yahoo Sports

He ranked second on the team in goals, third in points and shared fourth in power-play goals (five), while leading Rangers forwards with 18:41 of ice time per game. Richards also added 12 points (5g, 7a) in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games, while helping the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1994. The Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, native has recorded 867 points (276g, 591a) in 982 career NHL regular-season games with Tampa Bay, Dallas and the New York Rangers. He ranks ninth among active NHL players in career assists and is 12th in career points. Richards has posted a career-high 91 points twice (2005-06 with Tampa Bay and 2009-10 with Dallas) and scored a career-best 28 goals with Dallas in 2010-11. He has scored at least 20 goals in 10 of his 13 NHL seasons. The 34-year-old has registered 90 points (33g, 57a) in 118 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Tampa Bay, Dallas and New York, and helped lead the Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup championship. He earned an NHL-high 26 points (12g, 14a) during the 2004 championship run and was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHLs Most Valuable Player during the playoffs. Richards was honored as the winner of the NHLs Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, given annually to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability, following the 2003-04 season and was named to the NHLs All-Rookie Team following the 2000-01 campaign after leading all first-year players with 62 points (21g, 41a) that season. He was named to the NHL All-Star Team during the 2010-11 season and participated in the NHL YoungStars Game during the 2001-02 campaign. He has represented Canada in international competition four times, winning a gold medal in the World Cup (2004) and a bronze medal in the World Junior Championships (2000). Richards also participated for the Canadian team in the 2006 Winter Olympics and 2001 World Championships. source: http://www.wrex.com/story/25919361/2014/07/01/blackhawks-sign-brad-richards-make-other-free-agent-moves

Blackhawks add defenseman Kyle Cumiskey – chicagotribune.com

Bolland’s deal is worth $27.5 million over five years and Jokinen’s contract is $16 million over four years. Montoya’s contract terms were not available. Bolland was limited to 23 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season after suffering a severed tendon in his left ankle. He finished with eight goals and four assists. The 28-year-old Bolland rejoins Panthers general Dale Tallon, who with the Chicago Blackhawks when Bolland played there. Jokinen had 57 points (21 goals, 36 assists) last season for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Montoya logged a 13-8-3 record with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage for the Winnipeg Jets last season. —Defenseman Brooks Orpik is leaving Pittsburgh after spending his entire career with the Penguins to sign with the Washington Capitals . The Capitals also signed goaltender Justin Peters to a two-year, $1.9 million contract. Orpik signed a five-year, $27.5 million deal with the Capitals. The 33-year-old was a first-round draft pick by the Penguins in 2000. In 703 career games for Pittsburgh, he had 13 goals, 119 assists and 734 penalty minutes. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl-roundup-spezza-trade-headlines-235012754–nhl.html

Blackhawks sign Brad Richards, make other free agent moves – WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

The 34-year-old added 12 points in 25 playoffs games while helping the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Finals. In 982 career games, Richards has 276 goals and 591 assists with the Tampa Bay Lightning , Dallas Stars and Rangers. He ranks ninth among active NHL players in career assists and 12th in career points with 867. During the 2009-10 season, he scored a career-high 91 points for the Stars. The 28-year-old Regin spent last season with the Blackhawks and the New York Islanders , scoring four points in 17 games with the Blackhawks and seven points in 44 games for the Islanders. The Islanders traded Regin to the Blackhawks on Feb. 6 and he scored a goal in his second game on the ice for Chicago on Feb. 27 against the New York Rangers. He also played in five playoff games for the Blackhawks. In 239 regular-season NHL games, Regin has 66 points (23 goals, 43 assists) with the Ottawa Senators , Islanders and Blackhawks. A third-round draft pick by the Senators in 2004, Regin played in Europe before coming to North America. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-retain-regin-192913874–nhl.html

NHL roundup: Spezza trade headlines hectic day – Yahoo Sports

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

 

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