Chicago Blackhawks Could Score In A Major Cap Dump Deal

Published May 29, 2023 at 8:30

Kyle Davidson, the General Manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, is visibly delighted after a dramatic victory that led to securing Connor Bedard.

This success is a result of Davidson's strategic tank game, complemented by a measure of luck that enabled the Blackhawks to surpass both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks in the lottery.

Now, with Bedard in the lineup, an immediate enhancement to the Blackhawks' performance is expected. However, it is essential for the franchise to construct a robust support system around him to facilitate his integration and development.

Considering the current state of the Blackhawks' roster, which is deficient in depth and talent across all areas, the team must display ingenuity and innovation. Although this might be a challenge, having a considerable amount in cap space - tens of millions, to be precise - will undoubtedly ease the burden.

In the midst of these developments, Elvis Merzlikins has surfaced as a potential addition to the Blackhawks' roster.

Elvis Merzlikins Could Be Heading To Chicago


On the other hand, the Columbus Blue Jackets, much like the Blackhawks, are facing a difficult situation. However, they don't have the advantage of a soon-to-be generational player, like Bedard, joining their ranks.

In spite of possessing players such as Johnny Gaudreau and Patrik Laine, and harboring hopes of becoming competitive sooner rather than later, the Blue Jackets are likely to shed a weighty contract during the off-season. The most probable candidates for this move are Erik Gudbranson or Elvis Merzlikins.


Merzlikins, who inked a substantial five-year contract with the Blue Jackets, worth $5.4 million per season, has regrettably fallen short of expectations. Nevertheless, a change in surroundings might be just what he needs to rejuvenate his career. At the age of 29, Merzlikins could still have his best years ahead of him. This potential, coupled with the acquisition of additional assets alongside Merzlikins, could make a deal with the Blackhawks highly advantageous, promising high rewards.

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Chicago Blackhawks Could Score In A Major Cap Dump Deal

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