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After Cup win comes Hawks' cap trouble

Getting quite a kick about reading all this Blackhawks dynasty talk. Of course, they're going to be a strong team again next season. But I'm not holding my breath thinking about the chances of another Patrick Kane-like moment (click below for the WGN Radio audio of the awkward Cup-winning goal).

Patrick Kane's winning goal


The Hawks are in serious salary cap trouble and now comes this fascinating Toronto Globe & Mail piece that indicates they could actually be dealing with a penalty cap of around $4 million next year -- spending around $54 milllion when the league cap will be in the $58 million range. That's the way the CBA deals with a team that goes over, which the Hawks did because of all the bonuses they paid, including $1.3 million to Jonathan Toews for his Conn Smythe Trophy.

A key player or two or three will have to go off this roster. Now one obviously will be overpaid (and now backup) goalie Cristobal Huet, who may end up in the minors. But there could be others available. It will be an interesting summer in Chicago, and not just because of where the players are taking the Cup.

---Mike Harrington

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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