What's next for the Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks aren’t done just yet.

Even after trading Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp, the Blackhawks still have to make at least one move in order to re-sign restricted free agent Marcus Kruger and become cap compliant. The Blackhawks are at $70,430,962 with 21 projected roster players. The ceiling for next season’s salary cap is $71.4 million. That means the Blackhawks have $969,038 cap space for next season, as of now.

The Blackhawks and Kruger are working on a long-term deal, according to a source, so his future cap hit could be somewhere around $2-3 million a season.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has also often liked to carry at least 13 forwards and seven defensemen. If the Blackhawks trade a forward and sign Kruger, they’ll be at 13 forwards. They’ll need to either sign a defenseman or promote one to have seven NHL defensemen. The Blackhawks might look at a cheap veteran defensemen to fill out the group. Johnny Oduya is still an outside possibility as well. Ville Pokka is the Blackhawks' top defenseman prospect.

So who might be traded? Kris Versteeg and Bryan Bickell are the names being thrown around most. Versteeg has a $2.2 million cap hit, and Bickell has a $4 million hit. Just as the Blackhawks had to sweeten the Brandon Saad deal with prospect Mike Paliotta and the Patrick Sharp trade with prospect Stephen Johns, they may have to include a prospect or two they’re high on to make any future trades. The Blackhawks do have an assortment of young forwards who appear to have their routes blocked to the NHL right now with the organization acquiring so many other forwards in the offseason.

Here is a look at the Blackhawks’ current cap situation broken down by forwards, defensemen and goaltenders:

Forwards (13) -- $43,130,000

Jonathan Toews -- $10.5 million

Patrick Kane -- $10.5 million

Marian Hossa -- $5.275 million

Bryan Bickell -- $4 million

Artem Anisimov -- $3,283,333

Kris Versteeg -- $2.2 million

Andrew Shaw -- $2 million

Viktor Tikhonov -- $1.04 million

Marko Dano -- $925,000

Ryan Garbutt -- $900,000

Teuvo Teravainen -- $894,167 (could also make $650,00 in potential bonuses)

Artemi Panarin -- $812,500 ($2.575 million in potential bonuses)

Andrew Desjardins -- $800,000

Marcus Kruger -- Unsigned restricted free agent

Defensemen (6) -- $20,713,462

Duncan Keith -- $5,538,462

Brent Seabrook -- $5.8 million

Niklas Hjalmarsson -- $4.1 million

Trevor Daley -- $3.3 million

David Rundblad -- $1.05 million

Trevor van Riemsdyk -- $925,000

Goalies (2) -- $6,587,500

Corey Crawford -- $6 million

Scott Darling, goalie -- $587,500

Other possible NHL players

Ville Pokka, defenseman -- $925,000 ($850,000 in potential bonuses)

Kyle Baun, forward -- $925,000

Mark McNeill, forward -- $863,333 ($537,500 in potential bonuses)

Phillip Danault, forward -- $863,333 ($175,000 in potential bonuses)

Ryan Hartman, forward -- $894,000

Jeremy Morin, forward -- $800,000

Tanner Kero, forward -- $650,000

Garret Ross, forward -- $636,677

Corey Tropp, forward -- $625,000

Joakim Nordstrom, forward – Unsigned restricted free agent

Viktor Svedberg, defenseman – Unsigned restricted free agent