The Chicago Blackhawks seem to be in a holding pattern in terms of their roster. As training camp slowly approaches, there has been little movement since defenseman Sheldon Brookbank was signed as a free agent on July 1.
GM Stan Bowman may just be done retooling this team heading into the 2012-13. Brookbank gives the 'Hawks eight defensemen from which to choose from when the season gets underway.
Even if Dylan Olsen is sent to Rockford to continue his development, it would seem that Bowman feels comfortable with what he has on the blue line. That could change if negotiations between owners and the NHLPA go better than expected and a new CBA ushers in some late summer activity.
Between now and whenever camp starts, Bowman may find the opportunity to move a contract and go with a cheaper option at defense. That could come by trade, though Bowman could also elect to pick through the remains of this summer's UFA crop to find a cheaper bottom-pairing option.
Here are five defenseman still available that could merit an inexpensive one-year contract.