Yeah I know, Chicago is probably going to win the Stanley Cup this year. But what am I most looking forward to since Detroit's early exit from the play-offs? The day that this ticking time bomb finally blows up...
$33,442,000 already committed to 9 forwards
$18,514,000 already committed to 4 defense
$5,625,000 already committed to Cristobal Huet
That's roughly $57,581,000 committed to 14 players for next season. Judging from what most are saying about the Cap, for next season - Chicago will have about $419,000 to work with in order to full in the other 8-9 sopts on the roster.
Anyone wonder why Dale Tallon was fired? Remember...the Chicago "fans" booed the front office publicly when Tallon was "re-assigned" within the organization.
I can't believe that Cristobal Huet is making more than Marian Hossa.
Antti Niemi was already making $826,875 before this season and is set for arbitration. What's the going rate for Stanley Cup winning goalies these days? Niemi is due for a big pay raise which will more than likely put him well out of Chicago's reach for next season...classic.
Cristobal Huet is making more than Marian Hossa.
Did you know that Brian Campbell's deal goes beyond the 2015-2016 season? He's making just a hair less than Lidstrom did back when he was winning the Norris Trophies. $7.143 million for a 3rd or 4th defenseman is pretty expensive...good luck with that. And Brent Sopel is making $2.333 million? When the hell was that guy EVER worth that much money?
Did I mention that back-up goaltender Cristobal Huet is making more than Marian Hossa?
Chicago is certainly going to be sellers on July 1st...they have to clear up a ridiculous amount of Cap space just to fill in the roster. Somebody might be willing to take Patrick Sharp's $3.9 million Cap hit or Dustin Byfgulien's $3.0 million salary. But the over-paid, over-hyped, over-extended contracts like Campbell and Huet will be on the Windy City's books for a long, long time.
Enjoy the run, little brother. No matter what happens the rest of the way this season...Chicago is in big, big trouble next year.
Stats from nhlscap.com