Time is winding down for the Chicago Blackhawks to get under the salary cap, which means speculation continues to grow over which player or players will be sent packing before the season opener.
Nick Leddy's agent, Neil Sheehy, said Monday that he doesn't expect the defenseman to be moved as the team tries to get under the $69 million cap. The Blackhawks need to reduce somewhere between $1.3 million and $3 million from their roster, depending if any prospects are kept in the NHL. Leddy will have a cap hit of $2.7 million this season.
"I expect Nick to stay with the Blackhawks," Sheehy said during a phone interview Monday. "[Blackhawks general manager] Stan Bowman said he's not looking to trade Nick. I think the big thing is he's the youngest defenseman on the team at 23 years of age, and he has four years of NHL experience. He's part of the future of the team."
Leddy, who won't be 24 until March, had 20 goals, 73 assists and is a plus-10 in 258 regular-season games in the past four seasons. He has been a mainstay on the Blackhawks' third defensive pairing.
Bowman has been quiet about his plans to get under the cap. He said in July that he could wait until training camp, which begins Sept. 19, to make a deal.
Sheehy also said he and the Blackhawks haven't had any discussions about a new contract for Leddy, who is set to become a restricted free agent after this season. He signed a two-year, $5.4 million contract in July 2013.
The Blackhawks have 15 players already signed for the 2015-16 season and have about $3.2 million of cap space, according to capgeek.com. Leddy, Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger are the Blackhawks' most notable restricted free agents after this season.