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Enjoy the cup this year Chicago...

So it's looking pretty likely that the Blackhawks are going to win the Cup.  So congrats to them.  And now it's time for a little schadenfreude.  They are in deep salary cap doodoo next season.  What the hell are they going to do!  Here is the situation (all data from Cap Central):

 

Marian Hossa RW 5,275,000 Patrick Sharp RW 3,900,000 Patrick Kane RW 6,300,000 Dave Bolland C 3,375,000 Kris Versteeg RW 3,066,667 Dustin Byfuglien RW 3,000,000 Jonathan Toews C 6,300,000 John Madden C UFA Andrew Ladd LW RFA Tomas Kopecky RW 1,200,000 Troy Brouwer RW 1,025,000 Ben Eager LW UFA Adam Burish RW UFA Colin Fraser C UFA Brian Campbell D 7,142,875 Kim Johnsson D UFA Brent Seabrook D 3,500,000 Brent Sopel D 2,333,333 Duncan Keith D 5,538,462 Niklas Hjalmarsson D RFA Jordan Hendry D RFA Cristobal Huet G 5,625,000 Antii Niemi G RFA

TOTAL CAP HIT:           57,581,337

 

So basically, the situation is that they are already roughly $1 million over the cap (presuming cap level is flat next year, which by all accounts people seem to think it will be).  And they still need to fill in 3 forwards, 2 defensemen, 1 goalie, and 2 utility roster spots.  How the shit are they going to do that.  They're going to have to dump quite a bit of existing salary on the books... and every time you dump a player, you gotta fill that player's spot too, don't forget.  So I'm going to enjoy watching them get picked apart.  What do you think is their best course of action?

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