While many have expected the Blackhawks to make a splash following last week’s trade of Marian Hossa, that may not necessarily be the case. Speaking with reporters, including Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, GM Stan Bowman alluded to the possibility that instead of adding more help this summer, they are comfortable carrying their cap room into the season:
“It’s an option if we can find the right player or the right situation. We certainly have more options than we did before. I wouldn’t say we have to do something. Having cap space is an asset in and of itself, so things will come along maybe in the summer, maybe in the beginning part of the year.”
The Blackhawks have been linked to several notable players this summer including Carolina winger Jeff Skinner and defenseman Justin Faulk plus Montreal winger Max Pacioretty but clearly, they haven’t been able to find the right trade just yet.
Elsewhere around the league:
- The Hurricanes announced that they have hired Dean Chynoweth as an assistant coach. He replaces Steve Smith, who resigned to join Buffalo’s coaching staff last week. Chynoweth spent last season as an associate coach with Vancouver of the WHL but has three seasons of NHL experience behind the bench with the Islanders from 2009-10 to 2011-12. He rounds out a new-look coaching staff with Rod Brind’Amour taking over for Bill Peters as head coach and Jeff Daniels, who was hired as their other assistant earlier this summer.
- The Devils have inked center Yegor Sharangovich to an entry-level deal, his agent Dan Milstein announced (via Twitter). The 20-year-old was New Jersey’s fifth-round pick (141st overall) in last month’s draft. Sharangovich spent last season with Dinamo Minsk of the KHL, collecting four goals and eight assists in 47 regular season games while finishing second on Team Belarus in scoring at the World Juniors. He also suited up in seven games for Belarus at the World Championships.
- The Wild are expected to name Tim Army as their new AHL head coach, Mark Divver of the Providence Journal reports (Twitter link). He served as an assistant with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season but also has 15 years of NHL coaching experience under his belt between Anaheim, Washington, and Colorado.