Even after moving Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Sopel, the Chicago Blackhawks are still going to struggle with the salary cap. That will force some tough decisions with players like Antti Niemi and Niklas Hjalmarsson, but the team hopes to bring back at least one restricted free agent in Andrew Ladd. The Blackhawks extended a qualifying offer to the rugged forward, as TSN reports.
With Monday’s deadline approaching for NHL teams to extend qualifying offers to restricted free agents, the Chicago Blackhawks extended a $1.65 million qualifying offer to winger Andrew Ladd.
Ladd, however, still has arbitration rights to go seek higher compensation.
GM Stan Bowman & Co. will have to make every dollar of the (approximately) $5.99 million in cap space they have right now. Ladd was a valuable – but far from indispensable – member of the Cup winning team.
It should be an interesting and exciting medley of moves next week and the window for qualifying offers could provide some intrigue. Stay tuned here at PHT for the news and scuttlebutt.