In an article from Yahoo Puck Daddy (a great read for any NHL fans out there), Chicago GM Stan Bowman claims he will not be trading Patrick Sharp, and that they "don't have a solution" to the salary cap problems yet. They are currently over the cap by $1 million with Nieme still unsigned. I do not like San Jose, but they did a great job screwing Chicago by offering Hjalmarsson a big deal. Even if they get rid of Huet to the minors ($5 million per year cap hit) and sign Niemi to a reasonable $2.5 million per year cap hit, the Hawks would have 11 forwards and 5 defensemen under contract with only $1.3 million in cap space left ($500,000 is league minimum salary). I thought they were going to have trouble in the off season, but some of these numbers really show how screwed the Blackhawks are (haha Brian Campbell). More players will have to be moved and as a Red Wings fan, this sets up perfect for one last Detroit run (not to mention some humor). EDIT: one last run with this team's current core centered around Lidstrom. I have faith in Holland, but I think it will take a couple years to regroup from his loss and become Stanley Cup favorites again
Obviously still a developing story..but if its true...how dumb can you be?
You generally don't see this type of behavior from hockey players, either... sad.