Wednesday, the Chicago Blackhawks re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Nick Leddy. The 22 year old defenseman will make $2.7 million per season over the course of those two years, according to capgeek.com.
That's an extremely reasonable deal for a young defenseman who's likely only going to get better. If there's a little catch to the whole thing, it's the fact that his deal will expire after the 2014-15 season, and right when Leddy should hit his prime. That could certainly get expensive for the Blackhawks, who will also have to find new deals for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane after the 2015-16 season.
Leddy's deal leaves $6,845,705 in cap space. That money does not include a backup goaltender, restricted free agent Markus Kruger and unrestricted free agents Jamal Mayers, Viktor Stalberg, Michal Rozsival, Michal Handzus, or Ray Emery.
Stan Bowman has said that Kruger will be re-signed, and reports have the Hawks working hard to get a deal done with Ray Emery. Kruger will probably yield $1.5 million or so, while Emery could get close to $2 million, but no more.
Free agency starts July 5th. It could be an interesting day for Bowman.