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After signing Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky and John Madden on July first general manager Dale Tallon knew that he had a cap challenge ahead of him.
Tallon still needs to sign RFA's Kris Versteeg ($3-$5 million), Cam Barker ($2-$3 million), Troy Brouwer ($800,000-$1.2 million), Ben Eager ($800,000-$1.2 million), Aaron Johnson ($600,000-$800,000) and Colin Fraser ($550,000-$650,000).
The Blackhawks could also use a big defensive defenseman to play alongside Brian Campbell. To accommodate all these moves the Blackhawks are going to need to move some salary.
The first name that comes to mind is defenseman Brent Sopel who has a cap hit of $2.333 million. Sopel was injured all of last season and was ineffective when he was in the lineup.
There has also been speculation of a possible trade between the Blackhawks, Leafs and Sharks but unless Huet and Campbell are both involved and cause a tremendous cap cushion I don't see it happening from the 'Hawks perspective.
This search for cap space could be a very long one.