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Six lesser known but highly valuable cap bargains on the Chicago Blackhawks.

 

The Chicago Blackhaws have been a powerhouse in the NHL for a number of years. Led by high-end offensive talent such as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith, this team has been a very reliable source for goals including an NHL-leading 122 this season. As a team constantly facing tough decisions due to the NHL's cap ceilings, the Hawks are often forced to turn to cheap alternatives to replace their departed assets while also allowing the team to retain its top players.

 

 

This creates opportunities for the beneficiaries to earn a boost in value in salary cap fantasy leagues. As secondary depth options these players hold more appeal in multi-category leagues. But being effective role players on a strong club definitely helps matters.


Andrew Shaw (F)
2013-14: $577,500
2014-15: $2,000,000
2015-16: $2,000,000

 

GP

G

A

+/-

PIM

Hits

BkS

FOW

FO%

PPP

SOG

31

9

10

10

25

79

5

124

42.3

7

60

 

Please refer to this article for an in-depth look at Shaw, one of the best bang-for-the-buck producers so far this year, including the effect of his new contract extension on his keeper-league value.


Marcus Kruger (F)
2013-14: $1,325,000
2014-15: $1,325,000

 

GP

G

A

+/-

PIM

Hits

BkS

FOW

FO%

PPP

SOG

33

4

10

4

12

12

36

195

55.2

0

33

 

Kruger has quietly become an effective all-around contributor for the Hawks. While he does not excel in any area other than blocked shots or faceoffs, his modest numbers across the board make him an attractive centerman in deeper leagues. His cost is below-average so whatever he contributes can be a nice bonus for your fantasy squad if the right categories are present.


Brandon Bollig (F)
2013-14: $575,000

 

GP

G

A

+/-

PIM

Hits

BkS

FOW

FO%

PPP

SOG

33

3

4

3

47

79

10

0

0

0

43

 

Much like Shaw, Bollig has emerged as a strong fantasy contributor this year. The PIM and hits are his calling card but an increase to the 10-minute mark in average ice time has given him the opportunity to chip in with a few points. This adds a lot of value to Bollig as it makes him more of an offensive contributor than the classic goon. You will not find many players that are more valuable in this price range.


Ben Smith (F)
2013-14: $562,500

 

GP

G

A

+/-

PIM

Hits

BkS

FOW

FO%

PPP

SOG

26

4

7

3

2

6

19

34

43.6

0

34

 

Smith has sneaky value in deeper leagues that have the categories where he is at his best. He is not a physical player in any way, shape or form but is a decent secondary scorer who can also contribute some blocks, shots and faceoffs from the wing position.

 

In keeper leagues Smith's value is at a crossroads. He has a decent depth role with the Hawks at the moment but he is not signed beyond this year and at 25 years of age has yet to establish himself as a proven NHLer. He could emerge as a solid secondary scorer moving forward or he could disappear entirely from the NHL scene. He is not likely to have much trade value right now so if you own him you might as well hang on to him and hope for the best.


Sheldon Brookbank (D)
2013-14: $1,250,000

 

GP

G

A

+/-

PIM

Hits

BkS

FOW

FO%

PPP

SOG

20

1

2

2

26

34

11

0

0

0

17

 

Brookbank is a decent option in deep leagues that count hits and PIM. Additionally, he has a decent history blocking shots and chipping in a few points along with solid plus-minus totals most years. The downside is the he does not dress every night so he is definitely more useful in leagues with bench positions so that he can be deactivated when he is out. But when he plays he has proven to be a decent contributor.


Antti Raanta (G)
2013-14: $925,000

 

GP

W

L

OL

GAA

Saves

S%

SO

6

4

0

1

2.14

146

0.924

0

 

Raanta's value extends beyond what he has done so far in his short NHL career. The injuries to Nikolai Khabibulin and most recently Corey Crawford put Raanta at the top of the Hawks' goalie mountain for the time being. This should lead to decent overall numbers along with a high volume of wins.

 

When Crawford eventually returns Raanta should resume his backup duties with Khabibulin's long-term status up in the air. From there he will continue to be good for spot starts. This may ultimately prove to be more of a short-term boost in one-year leagues but at the price you cannot go wrong.


Previously in Capped:


Keeper League Cap Value

Bargain Hunting


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Daydream Nation said:

Daydream Nation
... @Vangregs- I agree with you. I didn't like either of those contracts. There was no rush to sign that Crawford deal. But as long as he stays an average goalie, the deal will not hurt. In terms of Bickell, while it is an overpayment it is a contract that could be moved if needed. Plus, he has excellent postseasons 2 of the last 3 years. And as the cap goes up these contracts won't look so back. LOL- I would much rather have Bickell's deal than Clowe or Clarkson.
December 13, 2013
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vangregs said:

vangregs
Bad contracts In my opinion they didnt have any bad contracts until this year though that has changed:

- Bickell => a 3rd liner for 4M for 4 years is horrible unless he can repeat his playoff performance when the playoffs come on a regular basis. In that case he would be worth it.

- Crawford => at 6M for 7 years is gonna be another one they regret. I see a potential Huet 2.0 developing here in 3-4 years time.

But all things considered. As long as Hossa doesn't decline quickly. It's a pretty good spot they are in.
December 13, 2013
Votes: +0

vangregs said:

vangregs
Bad contracts In my opinion they didnt have any bad contracts until this year though that has changed:

- Bickell => a 3rd liner for 4M for 4 years is horrible unless he can repeat his playoff performance when the playoffs come on a regular basis. In that case he would be worth it.

- Crawford => at 6M for 7 years is gonna be another one they regret. I see a potential Huet 2.0 developing here in 3-4 years time.

But all things considered. As long as Hossa doesn't decline quickly. It's a pretty good spot they are in.
December 13, 2013
Votes: +0

Daydream Nation said:

Daydream Nation
... Nice article.

Another reason for the Hawks being a powerhouse is the fact that they don't have any BAD contracts. Keith, Kane, Toews, Hjmarlsson and Crawford are all out-performing their current contracts. Keith has one of the best contracts in the NHL and will look better and better as the cap goes up. Even guys like Seabrook and Sharp while slightly overpaid make huge contributions. Let's not forget the cheap production of Saad who is turning into a beast. And now they only pay Versteeg a little over 2 mil per. The only mistake Bowman has made recently is Khabibulin and the Bickell contract and Crawford extension are still uncertain. Hawks fans are very happy about the current and future.

December 12, 2013
Votes: +1
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