Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Chicago Blackhawks' Smaller Off-Season Moves

Benjamin Spacapan is a Princeton graduate who received an All-Ivy Honorable Mention for his 2011 rugby season. In addition to rugby, Benjamin Spacapan maintains an interest in hockey and follows the Chicago Blackhawks.

While arguably a big move, Andrew Shaw of the Chicago Blackhawks was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for a pair of second-round picks. Shortly after the season, Coach Joel Quenneville had referred to the 25-year-old as “irreplaceable,” but his reported demand of $4.5 million per season was too much. The Hawks opted to sign 26-year-old Markus Kruger for $3.5 million. 

The Hawks picked up fan favorite Jordin Tootoo for just $750,000. He’s not likely to light up the scoreboard much this year, but you can count on him to infuriate opposing goalies and defensemen by crashing the net and mucking it up in the corners. 

Furthermore, journeyman defensemen Michal Roszival and fourth-line forward Brandon Mashinter were contracted for the season for a combined total of less than $1.2 million.

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