The names flew by on Twitter at a rapid rate, the result of a very busy first day of free agency, indeed.
And while the Chicago Blackhawks were very quiet on Day 1, their Western Conference competitors were not.
Jason Spezza was traded to the Dallas Stars and Paul Stastny signed with the St. Louis Blues as two of the top centers went early on Tuesday, the start of the free-agency period. It was a good day for many free agents, who signed for big money, long term or both. Stastny, who became a free agent after he couldn’t come to terms with the Colorado Avalanche, signed a four-year deal worth $28 million with the Blues. Former Blackhawks center Dave Bolland inked a five-year deal for $27.5 million with the Florida Panthers. Defenseman Brooks Oprik got the same term/money with the Washington Capitals.
Goaltender Ryan Miller, who proved not to be the answer in St. Louis last season, signed a three-year deal worth $18 million with the Vancouver Canucks. Mike Cammalleri inked a five-year-deal with the New Jersey Devils.
Blackhawks opponents were certainly busy on Tuesday. Keep in mind, most of them have money to spend; the same can’t be said for the Blackhawks, who are just a tick under the $69 million salary cap set for the 2014-15 season.
Yes, the Blackhawks still have options, most of which will mean parting with someone on the current roster. Stay tuned.