The Chicago Blackhawks are going to have to trade someone before the season begins to get under the salary cap.
The Blackhawks are currently $2,216,795 over the cap, according to CapGeek.com. That cap number has the Blackhawks with 14 forwards, including Teuvo Teravainen, on their active roster. If Teravainen began the season in the AHL, the Blackhawks would still be $1,322,628 over the cap.
Either way, the Blackhawks have to remove some salary.
The one name often tossed around this the offseason as possibly being on the market has been defenseman Johnny Oduya. He has one year left on his contract, and he’s set to make $3.375 million.
One person who doesn’t expect Oduya to be dealt is Oduya’s agent, Don Meehan of Newport Sports Management. Meehan said Thursday he hasn’t heard from the Blackhawks about possibly trading Oduya, who has a modified no-trade clause.
“No such discussions,” Meehan wrote in an email on Thursday. “They like him very much.”
Bowman helped create some space during the NHL draft by trading Brandon Bollig, who has a $1.25 cap hit, to the Calgary Flames. The Blackhawks then acquired Brad Richards, who will be paid $2 million next season.
Bowman wasn’t concerned about the Blackhawks’ cap situation after signing Richards on Tuesday.
“We have some ideas (on) what we’re going to do,” Bowman said on Tuesday. “That will play itself out here over the summer as we prepare for training camp. It’s not the forum to address what we’re going to do, but obviously we got ideas. We’ll certainly make it work.”