Rumor Roundup: Blackhawks still looking to clear salary after Sharp trade

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The Chicago Blackhawks made their much-anticipated trade of left winger Patrick Sharp on Friday, shipping him and prospect defenseman Stephen Johns to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Trevor Daley and left winger Ryan Garbutt.

While the Blackhawks cleared Sharp’s $5.9-million annual cap hit from their books, they’re not out of cap hell yet. They took on Daley’s $3.3-million cap hit over the next two seasons, along with half of Garbutt’s $1.8-million cap hit through 2016-17. That puts the Hawks under the $71.4 million salary cap by less than $1 million.

The addition of Daley suggests the Blackhawks won’t be bringing back unrestricted free agent rearguard Johnny Oduya. CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers reports GM Stan Bowman isn’t ruling it out, claiming the situation remains fluid and “there are a lot of factors at play.” Read more

Can Dallas win with big offense and a young defense?

Patrick Sharp. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill is already off to a great start in the Patrick Sharp trade – he got the best player in the deal. But in acquiring the three-time Stanley Cup winner from Chicago along with prospect Stephen Johns, Nill had to give up his most experienced defenseman in Trevor Daley (agitator Ryan Garbutt also headed to the Hawks).

This sets up an interesting situation for the Stars: powerhouse offense and a green defense – and I don’t mean Victory Green.

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Blackhawks ship Patrick Sharp to Stars, acquire Trevor Daley in four-player trade

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Patrick Sharp is officially a victim of the Chicago Blackhawks salary cap crunch.

The Blackhawks announced Friday evening that they have dealt Sharp, along with defenseman Stephen Johns, to the Dallas Stars in exchange for blueliner Trevor Daley and winger Ryan Garbutt. Sharp is the latest domino to fall in a summer that has already seen the Blackhawks shock the hockey world by shipping out Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Sharp, 33, has spent the past decade in the Windy City and has been one of the Blackhawks cornerstone players during their resurgence over the past several seasons. An alternate captain with Chicago almost from jump, Sharp was arguably the biggest star on the club outside of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. During his tenure with the Blackhawks, Sharp scored 239 goals and 511 points in 679 games with Chicago.

“On behalf of the entire Blackhawks organization, I’d like to thank Patrick for all that he helped our franchise accomplish during his time in Chicago, especially serving an integral role in bringing us three Stanley Cup championships,” said GM Stan Bowman in a statement. “He was one of our leaders on the ice, most notably as an alternate captain for several seasons, as well as off the ice with his countless contributions and volunteer work with team partners, sponsors and Blackhawks fans everywhere. He will forever be a Blackhawk and we wish him and his family nothing but the best in Dallas and beyond.” Read more

Blackhawks invite Japanese winger Yushiroh Hirano to prospect camp

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The Chicago Blackhawks announced their prospect camp roster Thursday, and among names like recently acquired Marko Dano and defenseman Stephen Johns was Japan’s Yushiroh Hirano, a winger who spent last season Tingsryds AIF in Sweden’s top junior league.

Hirano is one of the 57 invitees to the Blachawks’ camp and is expected to be there when the camp opens Sunday. The 19-year-old winger will be getting his first taste of NHL-level action and, after potting 12 goals and 26 points in 37 games with Tingsryds, there’s the possibility for him to open some eyes. Read more

Watch Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup win as animated by incredible flipbook artist

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Hand-animated highlight of Patrick Kane's insurance goal from Game 6 of the 2014-15 Stanley Cup final. (via The Flippist/YouTube)

It’s been nearly one month since the Chicago Blackhawks were crowned Stanley Cup champions, but that hasn’t stopped the tributes from pouring in. This latest one, however, is definitely one of the most creative.

A YouTube user known as The Flippist, a flipbook artist who makes custom, hand-drawn animations, just so happens to be a native Chicagoan. As such, he tried his hand at animating the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup clinching victory, and the result is spectacular: Read more

Success has ball in Blackhawks’ court as Kruger, Oduya await contracts

Jared Clinton
Johnny Oduya (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

Yes, being on top certainly does have its benefits.

Much of the talk heading into the off-season was about the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks’ upcoming cap crunch, but one surprising development has been just how much Chicago’s success may save the club from taking a big step back in 2015-16.

More specifically, it appears the Blackhawks’ Cup run has them in position to not only retain the services of key depth center Marcus Kruger, but also in a place where defenseman Johnny Oduya, long thought to have played his final game in a Chicago uniform, is said to be negotiating with the club and simply waiting for the Blackhawks to free up space to re-sign in the Windy City. And all this after bottom-six winger Andrew Desjardins admitted he took a pay cut to stay in Chicago.

According to The Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc, Kruger, who did not opt to file for salary arbitration, is waiting for cap space to open up to sign a potential long-term deal. As for Oduya, he’s also waiting for room to open for his prospective return to Chicago, Kuc reported. Read more

Brandon Saad and Ryan O’Reilly sign huge deals with new teams

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The contracts came in within minutes of each other and both came with big dollar amounts. Columbus signed new left winger Brandon Saad to a six-year, $36 million contract, while Buffalo extended recently acquired center Ryan O’Reilly for seven years at $7.5 million per season. Let’s walk through the sticker shock.

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