The number was finally revealed on Tuesday afternoon, falling about where everyone expected.
Now, for some teams like the Blackhawks, the work to stay around that number begins.
The Blackhawks entered last week on the cusp of winning their third Stanley Cup in the past six seasons, and by the end of last Monday night, they did that.
Brad Richards recalled the talk he had with Joel Quenneville last summer, the one on which the Blackhawks coach kept interrupting his soon-to-be center.
Patrick Kane has seen a lot of friends leave Chicago, teammates that have helped win Stanley Cups but who didn’t fit in future plans in this salary-cap world.
There was no hemming and hawing for Brandon Saad, no talk of what he could be getting with his current contract ending and pending restricted free-agent status.