5 Chicago Blackhawks Players Who Won’t Be Back in 2014

5 Chicago Blackhawks Players Who Won't Be Back in 2014

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The Chicago Blackhawks have won two Stanley Cups in three years, and are well on their way to a third. They are clearly a budding dynasty, but they only have about $ 3 million in cap space for free agency. Here are five guys who are on their way out of the Windy City.

5. Sheldon Brookbank

Sheldon Brookbank Chicago Blackhawks Free Agent
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5. Sheldon Brookbank

Sheldon Brookbank Chicago Blackhawks Free Agent
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Sheldon Brookbank is an unrestricted free agent who plays defense. Brookbank is a pretty expendable part of the Blackhawks, having played in only 48 total games in 2013-14 and only three playoff games out of the six in the first round. Brookbank is 33 years old and a six-year veteran of the NHL. He is a bottom-two defensemen who makes the league minimum.

4. Michal Handzus

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4. Michal Handzus

Michal Handzus Chicago Blackhawks Free Agent
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Michal Handzus is a 37-year-old forward who has played in the NHL for 15 seasons. He is an unrestricted free agent who made $ 1 million on a one-year deal this past season. Handzus could very well retire in the offseason, or be brought back at a similar price. He is a veteran leader who many contenders would love to have.

3. Nikolai Khabibulin

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3. Nikolai Khabibulin

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Nikolai Khabibulin is an unrestricted free agent who made $ 1.7 million this past season. Khabibulin did not even make the playoff roster as a goaltender due to injury, and his services are unlikely to be needed by the Blackhawks in the future due to the acquisition of Antti Raanta. He is a backup netminder at best, although, he very well may also retire.

2. Antti Raanta

Antti Raanta Chicago Blackhawks Restricted Free Agent
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2. Antti Raanta

Antti Raanta Chicago Blackhawks Restricted Free Agent
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Raanta was signed as an undrafted free agent and recalled from Rockford in November to replace the injured Khabibulin. Raanta is a very cheap goaltender, having only made $ 900,000 this past season. He's a restricted free agent who is due for a raise. The Hawks could sign him to a low offer sheet, but will likely let him walk if another team signs him to an offer sheet.

1. Johnny Oduya

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1. Johnny Oduya

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Johnny Oduya is a streaky defensemen under contract through 2014-15 at $ 3.375 million. Because he is so streaky, he is a prime candidate to be moved in the offseason. Nick Leddy is more deserving of the top-four pairing than Oduya and makes significantly less money. If the Blackhawks intend to make a splash in free agency with their current limited resources, Oduya may be the odd man out.

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