Having re-signed goaltender Corey Crawford, find out what else might be in store for the Blackhawks this summer.
CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: Tim Sassone reports Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman, having re-signed restricted free agent Corey Crawford, can now focus on what to do with their other restricted free agents, including Michael Frolik, Chris Campoli, Troy Brouwer, Jake Dowell and Viktor Stalberg. As for unrestricted free agents, it appears likely Bowman won’t re-sign Marty Turco, Tomas Kopecky, Fernando Pisani and Jordan Hendry.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Adam L. Jahns reports Bowman hasn’t had any discussions with Turco, and is planning to have goalie Alexander Salak, who was part of the deal for Frolik, play in North America next season. Jahns also reports Frolik and Campoli are next on Bowman’s list of contract talks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks now have over $53.6 million invested in fifteen players for next season, and to re-sign Frolik and Campoli, they’ll need the cap to increase by $3 million. I don’t expect Turco, Kopecky, Pisani and Hendry to return, but I do think they’ll re-sign all their RFAs and fill any remaining roster holes via call-ups or affordable free agent signings. I don’t anticipate the Blackhawks making any expensive UFA signings or salary dumping trades this summer.