Report: Blackhawks will carry a hefty salary cap overage into 2016-17

Report: Blackhawks will carry a hefty salary cap overage into 2016-17

It's no secret the Blackhawks are up against the salary cap. 

After trading Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen to Carolina, the Blackhawks cleared nearly $5 million in cap space, giving themselves some breathing room heading into free agency on July 1.

But maybe not as much as initially anticipated.

The Blackhawks will carry a $3.07 million salary cap overage into the 2016-17 season, Blackhawks assistant general manager Norm Maciver told The Athletic's Scott Powers on Thursday. The overage is due to the bonuses of Artemi Panarin ($2.8 million), Teravainen ($212,500) and Michal Rozsival ($100,000), equaling $3,112,500, which means the Blackhawks finished the 2015-16 campaign with $42,500 cap space left over, according to

It's a substantial increase from their $750,000 cap overage in 2015-16.

It's perhaps what forced the Blackhawks' hand in parting ways with Teravainen since it meant shedding every penny of Bickell's $4 million contract, rather than a potential buyout, which would have counted against the cap for $1 million this season and $1.5 million next year.

The Blackhawks currently have 16 players locked up for a total of $66 million, and that doesn't include the pending restricted free agency of Andrew Shaw. They also retained $1.125 million of Rob Scuderi's salary, which counts against the cap, after he was traded to Los Angeles mid-season. 

The National Hockey League has yet to determine a number for the 2016-17 salary cap ceiling, but it's not expected to be a big jump — if at all — from the $71.4 million cap ceiling set in 2015-16.

2010 Hawks Rewind: 3 things we noticed in Blackhawks' Game 3 win over Sharks

2010 Hawks Rewind: 3 things we noticed in Blackhawks' Game 3 win over Sharks

In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the 2010 Stanley Cup team, NBC Sports Chicago is re-airing each of the Blackhawks' 16 postseason wins from the run that ended a 49-year championship drought. You can join the conversation using #HawksRewind on social media.

The Blackhawks would've been happy with one win in San Jose, but they got two going back to Chicago and built on that momentum by knocking off the Sharks 3-2 in overtime to go up 3-0 in the Western Conference Final. Here are three things we noticed in the win:

1. Dustin Byfuglien's heroics

As tight as the first two games were, the Blackhawks faced their first real adversity of the series in Game 3 when they went up 2-1 late in the third period and gave up the tying goal 2:32 later as the Sharks forced overtime.

But then Big Buff did what he did best.

With 7:36 remaining in overtime, Byfuglien buried a pass in the slot, going top shelf before Evgeni Nabokov even realized where the puck was. And then Byfuglien celebrated the only way he knows how.

2. Dave Bolland was a force

Speaking of the game-winning overtime goal, what an incredible pass by Bolland to set that up. The Rat had an incredible third period and overtime, scoring the go-ahead goal with 6:55 left in regulation by getting past a couple of Sharks defenders and juking Nabokov.

3. A negated early goal

The Sharks were in a virtual must-win situation going into Game 3 after dropping their first two contests at home, and they thought they struck first in the opening 1:51 with a power-play goal. But after further review, the officials ruled that Joe Pavelski kicked the puck into the net and the call was overturned.

The Sharks scored the game's first goal anyways, but it didn't come until the 3:58 mark of the second period. You wonder how much life the negated goal would've given them and how it would've changed the complexion of the game had it counted.

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Finishing the NHL regular season 'may not be possible'

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Finishing the NHL regular season 'may not be possible'

Laurence Holmes, Nick Gismondi and Mark Potash join Kap on the panel.

0:00- MLB and the players have discussed starting the baseball season in May with all games being played in Arizona. Is this a good idea? Is this even feasible?

6:00- Gary Bettman says completing the NHL regular season may not be possible.

8:20- John Paxson is reportedly willing to step down from the Bulls organization if the new front office executives want him to.

14:00- Adam Silver says the NBA will wait until at least May to discuss what happens with the rest of its season.

16:00- Kap and Mark reminisce about covering newly - elected Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett in his high school days.

19:00- Could the unusual pre-draft schedule prevent NFL teams from suffering paralysis by analysis?

23:00- USA Today's Bob Nightengale joins Kap to talk about the possibility of baseball playing its season in Arizona and whether players would agree to do it.

Listen here or in the embedded player below. 

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