Sunday, January 13, 2013
Stan Bowman likes Hawks roster
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Sunday he likes the Blackhawks' current roster and is unlikely to search for any players through trade in the near future.
"I guess it's possible, but it's unlikely," Bowman said during a news conference at the United Center. "At this point, we feel strong with the depth that we do have. We have to see it how to plays out.
"We certainly like the young players who have been playing in Rockford. We also got a number of players who were playing in Europe as well. So we got quite a few guys ready to play. ... Personnel-wise, we certainly have a lot of pieces we like. ... We're just excited to see how it looks when we start playing. But we're going to see what this group can start doing first."
From a roster standpoint, the Blackhawks will begin this season looking a lot like they did last season. Of the 26 players on their training camp roster, 23 of them played for the Blackhawks last season.
The only moves the Blackhawks made in the offseason were signing free agent defensemen Sheldon Brookbank and Michal Rozsival. The Blackhawks attempted to sign Martin Brodeur, Ryan Suter and Zach Parise in the offseason, but lost out to other teams. They also called up defenseman Ryan Stanton, who played for the Rockford IceHogs last season, from the AHL on Sunday.
Bowman said there was a possibility the Blackhawks could make a move during the season. He thinks the Blackhawks will have that leeway because of where they stand financially. With the Blackhawks already having a number of veterans signed for years ahead and a number of younger players with lower salaries coming up, Bowman believes the franchise doesn't have to worry when the NHL's salary cap drops from $70.2 million this season to $64.3 million next season.
"I think it positions us very well going forward," Bowman said. "It's going to be a crunch for a lot of teams. I know there are teams who are looking forward to that and concerned about it.
"I think we're actually positioned pretty well for that. So when it comes to moves within the season, I wouldn't rule anything out based on that. We're going to see how the season goes. If there's something that makes sense to make us a better team, then we'll approach it."