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5 Roster Moves That the Chicago Blackhawks Could Still Make

Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Roster Moves the Team Could Still Make

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The Chicago Blackhawks are about $2.2 million over the salary-cap ceiling with a 23-man roster and will need to make a trade to get under the cap before the 2014-15 season starts. That doesn't mean additional signings are impossible, of course; Chicago still has some areas of need and may choose to solve them cheaply in free agency. Here are 5 roster moves that the Blackhawks could make at some point later this offseason.

5. Sign a Veteran Free Agent Defenseman

Cory Sarich
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5. Sign a Veteran Free Agent Defenseman

Cory Sarich
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The Blackhawks will almost surely elect to go into next season with a prospect such as Stephen Johns or Klas Dahlbeck as their sixth defenseman, but there's still a small chance that the team will choose to fill out its depth on defense in free agency instead. A veteran like Cory Sarich would fit the bill.

4. Trade Johnny Oduya

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4. Trade Johnny Oduya

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There has been plenty of buzz that Chicago is shopping Johnny Oduya around in an effort to get under the cap. He's not as likely to go as some of the other names on this list, but the Blackhawks would flip Oduya away in a trade if the right pieces were coming back.

3. Trade Bryan Bickell

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3. Trade Bryan Bickell

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The underlying numbers suggest that Bryan Bickell's performance during the 2013-14 regular season wasn't anywhere near as bad as most thought, but his $4M price tag is still a bit tough to stomach. His consistently strong playoff production makes him an attractive trade target for teams not in trouble with the cap.

2. Trade Kris Versteeg

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2. Trade Kris Versteeg

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Kris Versteeg hasn't been the same player since tearing his ACL in March of 2013. Stan Bowman and some of Chicago's other higher-ups expressed confidence that the shifty winger would be back in top form next year after a full summer to work out and continue recovering, but the Blackhawks are oozing talent on the wings and would be happy to replace Versteeg with the younger and cheaper Jeremy Morin.

1. Trade Michal Rozsival

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1. Trade Michal Rozsival

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Michal Rozsival had a terrible 2013-14 season and is the prime candidate to be traded away for cap relief this offseason. He can still function adequately as a No. 6 defenseman, but only with very sheltered minutes; Rozsival clearly lost a step last year, and Chicago has no need for him anymore.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.