Hawks are ready for 2010-11, due to their sublime scheme of evil genius

They have a cap hit of $60.613MM, which is $3.8MM over this year’s cap ceiling (keeping in mind that next year’s ceiling is supposed to go down by a couple million or, at best, stay the same). But at least they have a full roster signed.

Nine forwards, five defensemen and one goalie. That’s a full team, right?

So, they’re four million over, and they have at least five players left to sign, to get to the minimum roster of 20. Let’s assume they trade for the five cheapest guys in existence, locking in the lowest cap hits currently available. That’s 5x $487K added to the cap hit, which brings the total to $63.048MM, which is $6.25MM over this year’s cap.

Assuming a best-case/worst-case range, the Hawks have to find a way to clear between $6.25MM and $8.25MM in salary.

I guess if I were them, I would send Sopel to the AHL. That saves $2.33MM, but you have to fill his roster spot now, so add another $487K. So, $4.405MM to go. Who’s next? I guess I would deal Kopecky, that saves another $700K (net), with, $3.7MM to go. No one is ever going to take on that Campbell contract. I guess one plan would be to hope you win the cup and then trade Huet at peak value. That could happen, and then you’d be done. Failing that (and I think trading Huet is extremely unlikely), Chicago is going to have to lose two of Bolland, Baker, Versteeg, Byfuglien or Seabrook, or else lose just one of them and then waive Campbell and hope someone picks him up on re-entry at half-price.

So, to sum up, I would probably demote Sopel, trade Kopecky and two of Bolland, Baker, Versteeg, Byfuglien or Seabrook. And replace them with NINE MINIMUM WAGE EMPLOYEES.

Yeah, right. Good management, Chicago. You’re completely screwed. And after you lose in the Cup finals to Pittsburgh, and HOSSA GOES INTO THE LOONEY BIN, what then?

(Wait. Is that the plan? Hossa goes away on “medical leave” and you get his cap hit off the books? That’s possibly genius. Okay, I take it all back. I hope that happens.)


  4 comments for “Hawks are ready for 2010-11, due to their sublime scheme of evil genius

  1. December 3, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    I like your idea re putting Campbell on waivers. (Hello, Carolina!) There’s no question that he’s got to be one of the odd guys out, one way or another.

    Another, less likely, scenario… The Hawks trade papa Bowman to NJ for Lamoriello. Lamoriello — renowned master at solving cap problems — does whatever it takes to get them under, with one condition: that he be traded back to NJ along with any Hawks player who isn’t named Kane, Toews, Keith or Hossa, with Bowman returning to Chicago a little worse for wear. Bettman probably wouldn’t dig it.

    Let’s just say that if the Hawks don’t win the Cup this year, pewwwww. It’s a dirty bird that craps in its own nest.

    • DougS
      December 3, 2009 at 10:52 PM

      Somehow, I don’t think NJ would take that trade. :-)

      What interests me is that the Hawks last year are such an obvious comparison for the Kings this year: both young teams that went from bottom third to top third practically overnight. I guess we’ll see soon enough how much smarter Lombardi is than Dale Tallon and Son of Scotty.

  2. December 4, 2009 at 7:32 AM

    I don’t know if Lombardi is smarter than the Chicago brain trust or not (I pray that he is), but he sure isn’t snorting whatever those guys are. If I were a Hawks fan I’d be more scared than excited. With a budget like that, their talent can only get worse.

    • quisp
      December 4, 2009 at 1:42 PM

      Theirs and ours are diametrically opposed philosophies. Only one can be right

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