Blackhawks may have to make a move
Ben Pope: With Marc-Andre Fleury and his $ 7 million cap hit saying yes to the Chicago Blackhawks, GM Stan Bowman may need to get creative to make way for new contracts for Brandon Hagel and Alex Nylander.
You could look like sales defender Calvin de Haan, striker Dylan Strome or goalkeeper Malcolm Subban.
Scott Powers from The Athletic: The Blackhawks shouldn’t have any salary cap concerns for the next off-season. Andrew Shaw, Fleury, and de Haan will fall off the books. Seth Jones, Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are all under contract.
They may have to deal with their goalkeeping situations in the next off-season.
Things will get interesting for the Blackhawks after 2022-23 as the contracts for Kane, Toews and DeBrincat expire.
Still prolific, Kane might think of Alex Ovechkin’s new five-year contract of $ 9.5 million per deal as comparable. DeBrincat could be looking for something in the $ 10 million range.
The Jets may have to shift some salary to fit into RFAs
Murat Ates from the Athletic: Even though the Winnipeg Jets Andrew Copp and Neal Pionk have filed for pay arbitration, they can still work on long-term contracts.
The jets will also have to re-sign RFA Logan Stanley. You have about $ 10.7 million to sign the three. That number includes Brian Little and his $ 5.291 million in the LTIR.
Stanley could bring in around $ 1 million on a one- or two-year contract.
Josh Morrissey’s $ 6.25 AAV could be equivalent value for Pionk’s camp. Any long-term deal won’t be less than $ 6 million.
Finding Copp’s worth is difficult to negotiate and predict. You could go the one year route, but would be better off in the long run. The Jets may be able to raise their cap to $ 4.2 million, but Copp’s camp may be looking for more.
The jets may need to create a little more canopy space. Commercial defense attorney Nathan Beaulieu would not make enough space. Trading Dylan DeMelo would hurt their defensive group.