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Chicago Blackhawks Trade Andrew Ladd....The Garage Sale Continues

Rock Mamola

Producer/Host on WSCR 670AM The Score.

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The Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks continue to dismantle the roster which led them to their first Stanley Cup in almost a half a century. Hockey Analyst Darren Dreger tweets today that:  
Thrashers trading for Andrew Ladd...says a source. Draft pick and prospect for Ladd. Thrashers have yet to speak to agent about a Ladd extension.  2nd round pick and Visnevsky for Ladd
This marks the SIXTH player to be traded away from the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions roster as the Blackhawks are looking to make up for the payroll mistakes of the Dale Tallon regime.  Here's a quick review of what has gone down for the Blackhawks this off season so far. 
Blackhawks TRADE:
Dustin Byfuglien (LW)- 17 Goals/17 Assists (34 points)  
Ben Eager (LW) - 7 Goals/9 Assists (16 points)
Brent Sopel (D) - 1 Goal/7 Assists (8 points)

To Atlanta for: 
Jeremy Morin, Marty Reasoner, Joey Crabb + 1st round and 2nd round draft picks in 2010.
1st round pick: 24th overall - Kevin Hayes (RW)
2nd round pick: 54th overall - Justin Holl (D)

Blackhawks TRADE:
Colin Fraser (C) - 7 Goals/12 Assists (19 points)
To Edmonton for:
6th round draft pick in 2010.
6th round pick: 151st overall - Mirko Hofflin (C)


Blackhawks TRADE:
Kris Versteeg (LW) - 20 Goals/2 Assists (44 Points)
To Toronto for:
Viktor Stalberg, Philippe Paradis and Christopher DiDomenico.
Blackhawks TRADE:
Andrew Ladd (LW) - 17 Goals/21 Assists (38 Points)
To Atlanta for:
Ivan Vishnevsky and a 2nd round pick in 2011.
All together the Blackhawks have cut around 9 million dollars off their payroll for 2010-2011 which is something the Blackhawks needed to do to be under the proposed NHL salary cap of 59.4 million dollars.  As it stands right now, the Blackhawks payroll for the 2010-2011 season stands around 50.3 million dollars without resigning Antti Niemi (RFA), Niklas Hjalmarsson (RFA), John Madden (UFA), Adam Burrish (UFA), Nick Boynton (UFA), Kim Johnsson (UFA).
Simply put, the Blackhawks are doing  
1. What they have to do
2. What we all knew they would do  
3. What they should be doing
They are keeping the core together (Kane/Toews/Keith/Seabrook/Sharp) and cutting loose role players which they hope to find through these trades or the draft. While some fans may think it seems that all is falling apart with the Blackhawks, the real key to this off season is at what price do the Blackhawks sign Antti Niemi to.  That contract alone will determine how much more movement the Hawks will make this off season.
Word is that negotiations with Niemi and his agent Bill Zito are in the infancy stages and Niemi is looking for a big payday from the Hawks.  Let's hope Stan Bowman can work his magic like he has done already, and keep the Finnish Fortress with an Indian Head on his sweater for years to come.
Rock Mamola is the Associate Producer of The Mully And Hanley Morning Show and co-host of The Joe O And Rock Show on WSCR 670AM The Score
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Rock Mamola said:


Just announced:

Adam Burrish headed to Dallas w/a 2 year 1.15 million dollar deal.

mnorr7 said:

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I'll wait till I see it. I love Burish and the toughness he ads to the Hawks. I hope your wrong sir.

fanof19 said:

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Burish wasn't going to be resigned, and everyone on the planet knows the OQs were not Tallon's responsibility. Look at the NHL description of an assistant GM duties if you need to remind yourself. Every team that makes a run for the Cup needs to bump up against the Cap, and to think that any team in the Cap Era will remain in tact after they win it just shows ignorance on the topic. Stop whining. After 49 years of waiting, Chicago won the Cup. Obviously that isn't good enough for some of the "hockey experts".

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