Blackhawks end goalie charade
KHL could take Khabibulin off books
Tallon and the Hawks remain in a holding pattern with Khabibulin as they wait for his agent, Ron Grossman, to negotiate with the Russian Kontinental Hockey League. A decision on whether the sides work out a loan agreement or Khabibulin stays with the Hawks will be decided by Wednesday at 3 p.m., when the Hawks have to turn their roster into the NHL.
Teams should be forced to buy out players or live with their bad contracts.
The Blackhawks have some serious cap concerns, something that led to a slew of demotions earlier today while they wait on the KHL to take their headache off their hands:
The Chicago Blackhawks have assigned defensemen Cam Barker and Aaron Johnson and goaltender Antti Niemi to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs. In addition, the Blackhawks have released center Kevyn Adams and center Joakim Lindstrom has been claimed on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks.Niemi had a good camp and they'd like to see him in the backup goaltender's role. Barker, meanwhile, is an up-and-coming youngster on the blueline and someone they'd definitely have on the team if not for the cap crunch.
His contract includes several large bonuses that take his cap hit to about $2.8-million, which does not fit on the roster at the moment.
Losing Khabibulin's contract would allow for both Barker and Niemi to play for the 'Hawks this season and also for the team to add $3- or $4-million more salary, likely in the form of a second-line centre.
Here's hoping Khabibulin stands his ground.