September 12, 2013 by andymisek
General Manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, Stan Bowman, signed a two-year contract extension which goes through the 2017-2018 season. Bowman had the daunting task of dismembering the 2010 Stanley Cup team, trading away fan favorites Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg and Andrew Ladd among others, to get the Hawks out of cap hell. Bowman put his own twist on the Blackhawks and was able to develop a team that was able to win the cup only four years later.
This off-season, Bowman was able to keep majority of the Stanley Cup winning team together. He resigned Bryan Bickell Nick Leddy, Michal Rozsival, Marcus Kruger, and Michal Handzus. He also signed 2014 unrestricted free agents Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson to long-term contracts. Bowman wasn’t able to retain everyone though. Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik had to be traded for draft picks at the 2013 Draft to make room with the cap going down. Viktor Stalberg and Ray Emery also left via free agency. Bowman feels the players who left can be replaced with players within our own system.
Most importantly, Bowman promises to lock up 2015 unrestricted free agents Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews as soon as possible. He says they will “be here for a long time”. Bowman can’t talk with Kane or Toews agent until the end of the 2014 playoffs, but expect Bowman to get a jump on that as soon as the season ends.