The San Jose Sharks will force the defending Stanley Cup champions to make another tough monetary decision.
The Sharks signed restricted free agent defenseman Niklas Hjalmarssonto a four-year, $14 million offer sheet on Friday. The Blackhawks will have seven days to match the offer.
San Jose FINALLY makes a move that has some sense behind it. If you're saving money by replacing a crappy overpaid goalie with a a crappy overpaid goalie who makes less money, you better use that extra cash to go and sign some decent defensemen.
Hjalmarsson is a solid, young D-man who Chicago would hate to lose...so here's hoping that they do. I doubt they're going to be able to match the $3.5 million Cap hit that San Jose is willing to absorb to bring in the 23 year old aboard.
"We feel Niklas is a top-three defenseman in the National Hockey League. We saw his abilities first-hand in the playoffs last season and he was an important piece of a Stanley Cup-winning team. He is a solid player that would be a good fit on our team now and in the future."--Doug Wilson, San Jose GM
If Chicago chooses not to match Wilson's offer to Hjalmarsson, the Blackhawks will receive San Jose's first and third round picks in the 2011 Entry Draft.
And the beat goes on duh-duh-dum-dee-dum!
Well hey...so what if Chicago has lost:
- Dustin Byfuglien
- Kris Versteeg
- Brent Sopel
- Ben Eager
- Adam Burrish
...and others. They've gone out and added assistant coach Mike Kitchen. Brilliant moves so far, Stanley Boy. You must be making Papa Scotty proud!