Blackhawks will have limited salary cap space to work with again
Ben Pope of Chicago Sun-Times: There is now some uncertainty of what next seasons salary cap ceiling could be. Earlier this month had projections between $84 million and $88.2 million, but now it could stay stagnant at $81.5 or possibly be lower.
The Chicago Blackhawks won’t have a lot of salary cap space to work with if the cap stays the same or is lower. If it remains at $81.5 million, the Blackhawks would have about $8 million in projected space. They have pending free agents in Corey Crawford, Dylan Strome, Dominik Kubalik and Drake Caggiula. They would need to either re-sign or replace depth players in Matthew Highmore and Slater Koekkoek.
The Blackhawks also need to sign a backup goaltender.
Some comparables for Blackhawks RFA Kubalik
Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Blackhawks 24-year old rookie Dominik Kubalik hit the 30-goal mark and is a pending restricted free agent. It may not be easy to determine fair value for his next deal.
He’ll be looking for a big raise from his $925,000 salary this past season.
Comparables of recent players coming in after one season could include Andreas Johnsson (four years at a $3.4 million cap hit), Mike Hoffman (four years at $5.2 million), Anders Lee (four years at $3.75 million – a $4.4 million cap hit factoring in inflation), and Tyler Johnson (three years at $3.3 million – $4.2 million with inflation).
Getting Kubalik signed to a three or four-year extension at between $3 and $4 million likely won’t be easy for the Blackhawks.