MONTREAL — Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson is open for business enterprise and operating the telephones in advance of the 2022 NHL Draft, which kicks off on Thursday in Montreal. And it can be no top secret he is hunting to purchase a first-rounder, as long as the proper offer presents by itself.
It feels like the entire metropolis of Chicago is on Alex DeBrincat Enjoy to see if the 24-calendar year-aged two-time 40-purpose sniper will however be a member of the Blackhawks by the close of the week, despite the fact that his days could be numbered no matter.
But you will find another potential storyline to observe going into Thursday. The Blackhawks may have some extra clarity on their goaltending condition for upcoming season following Friday, and Davidson mentioned as significantly in his pre-draft media availability late Wednesday afternoon.
“A pair solutions, a handful of unique methods,” Davidson said. “I consider that is some thing that we’ll truly get a considerably far better deal with on in the next 24, 48 hours on what direction we are likely to go, but a couple solutions, yeah.”
The Blackhawks really don’t have an NHL goaltender less than contract for future period, with Collin Delia and Kevin Lankinen set to turn out to be unrestricted free brokers. Arvid Soderblom and Jaxson Stauber are the only two netminders signed by way of subsequent season, but neither of them are all set to be full-time NHL starters yet and want much more seasoning at the AHL amount.
If Davidson expects to have a superior tackle on the goaltending condition by the close of the NHL Draft, you should not be amazed if he seems to acquire any person that a group is making an attempt to go out for salary cap factors. The Blackhawks are — and need to be — eager to choose on income if it suggests getting potential property in some variety.
For instance, the Toronto Maple Leafs are on the prowl for a No. 1 goaltender and desperately require to unload Petr Mrazek’s salary — a $3.8 million cap strike for two extra seasons — to free up dollars to sign one particular. They put him on waivers on trade deadline day, which even further implies their want to move on from him. The Blackhawks could be a match with Toronto when it comes to a potential Mrazek trade, even though it need to be mentioned that the 30-yr-old goaltender has 10-team no-trade checklist and it is really unclear the place Chicago might slide in that regard.
If a trade for a goaltender doesn’t materialize right before the close of the draft on Friday, it then presents Davidson an opportunity to shift his whole awareness to the cost-free-agent course.
It may well be a painful subsequent couple of seasons for the Blackhawks, and it would be clever of them to locate a veteran-form starter to shoulder the load for the duration of these striving moments. No place in utilizing future time as a developmental 12 months for youthful goaltenders.
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