Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/20/14
UPDATE 7/3: The calm before the free agency storm has produced some rumblings and grumblings. The Blackhawks re-signed Bryan Bickell during the NHL Entry Draft Sunday, and are in talks to re-sign Nick Leddy, Marcus Kruger, and (surprise) Ray Emery. Following the trades of Dave Bolland, Michal Frolik, and signing Bickell, Chicago has $9.545 million in cap space heading into free agency July 5. Chicago has some holes to fill on the roster. There is a good chance management looks to sign a center to play 3rd/4th line minutes. If Kruger is brought back, he should get the first crack at the 3rd line. A few centers to watch over the holiday weekend are Matt Cullen (54.7), Boyd Gordon (57.3), Kyle Wellwood (55.1), and David Steckel (54.5). The number in parenthesis is their face-off win percentage. Michal Handzus has express interest in re-signing with the Blackhawks, as well. I mentioned in the original article that Chicago should look at bringing back Michal Rozsival. His $2 million con...
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