The Chicago Blackhawks have made it clear that they're rebuilding.
It's why general manager Stan Bowman shipped off Brandon Saad, Olli Maatta and Dylan Sikura this offseason and why he let Corey Crawford walk during free agency.
They were some moves that didn't make the core group too happy and unfortunately for those core guys, there might be more coming.
Bowman was asked about possible trades or free agent signings with Chicago still having $5million in cap space and some older players on the roster.
“There’s still teams calling around, more trade discussions now,” Bowman said. “There are still some free agents on the market, but I think most teams are looking at their team maybe seeing, ‘would a trade make more sense?’ There’s certainly some concern league-wide with cap space. I know we’re in a pretty good spot from that perspective. There’s a handful of teams that have a lot of cap room and then there’s over half the league that’s right up against it, so they may be looking to move some pieces around.”
The Blackhawks have also yet to sign restricted free agent Dylan Strome.
“The contract for Dylan is not finalized yet. We’ve had discussions probably in the early going, but I think I would anticipate we’re going to get that done.”
Another trade coming once Strome is signed? Who do you think could be shipped out next?