In the first of a possible new series, Mike and Doug do a quick take on the Sharks signing Niklas Hjalmarsson to an offer sheet.
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Hawks have 9 million according to nhlnumbers.com to spend and they haven’t cut Huet yet.
Huet has 2 years left so if they send him to the minors this year that 5+ million comes off the cap and
they can buy him out next year for the remaining 5+ million.
They are going to match w/ no problem in my opinion.
NHLNumbers may not be including the penalty for going over in bonuses last year cap geek shows them with $3,613,410 in cap space because of a $4,157,753 Penalty. Although I unfortunately feel they will match the offer as well.
According to Twitter, the Hawks matched and are now shopping Brian Campbell (good luck) and Patrick Sharp.
I don’t know what I’m rooting for in the Niemi arbitration… Truthfully I don’t think he’s very good, so I guess I’m rooting for the biggest award that Chicago will still sign. If it’s too big they’ll walk away, which I think would be a blessing in disguise for them.
I have no idea who could eat that cap hit, the Islanders maybe?
Glen Sather to the rescue? NY will always take on another complete bull shit contract!
I’m with Ian, I bet Stan Bowman is giving Garth Snow a foot massage right now- I think the Isles haven’t even gotten to the cap FLOOR yet.
Thats pretty sad considering (I think) they are still paying Yashin and the 4 games Dipetro will probably suit up for this year.
Per the previous DOH pod cast discussion regarding overpaying Wallin and not
Malhotra… I wonder if DW had offered Hammer 4.0-4.25m would Chicago have kept him? Really hard to say… My point though is if you are going to overpay a player shouldn’t it be a better, younger, upward trending player like Hammer and not Wallin?
Also. I know this is crazy but why would Chicago announce they intend to keep Hammer and not actually ink the deal yet? I wonder if it might not happen. Could they be communicating that other players are available and waiting to feel the market on those guys (I.e. Sharp and Campbell) first before they actually commit to him? I’ve never seem a team do this. It’s probably a pipe dream but maybe there is some maneuvering here and they could end up passing anyways? I doubt it but the “announcement” seems odd….
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Would you listen to the Dudes live-broadcasting during an away game?