Blackhawks: Connolly and Borgstrom placed on unconditional exemption
According to NHL Insider reports Chris Johnsonthe Chicago Blackhawks placed Brett Connolly and Henrik Borgstrom on unconditional waivers.
As stated, the goal is the redemption of both players. General Manager Kyle Davidson is stripping that list down to the bare essentials, keeping only the guys he wants. Connolly and Borgstrom were expected to earn $3.5 million and $1.0 million, respectively, in 2022-23.
Connolly spent the majority of the season in the AHL in 2021-22. Although he played nine times for the Blackhawks, he only managed to record one assist. However, in 37 games with the Rockford IceHogs, the veteran had 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) last season.
As for Borgstrom, the 24-year-old center played 52 games with the Blackhawks last season. However, despite being a former first-round pick, Borgstrom never lived up to the hype he once carried as a college player in Denver. Instead, Borgstrom has been in the middle and has just seven points (four goals, three assists) in 2021-22.
What are the damages?
Ironically, both players were acquired in a trade with Florida during the shortened 2021 campaign for Lucas Carlsson and Lucas Wallmark. Following these likely buyouts, the only player remaining on the deal is Riley Stillman, who has two years left on his three-year extension he signed after the shortened 2021 season.
With those moves, the Blackhawks will take home just over $1.2 million for the next two years on their cap for the two players. Tied in with Duncan Keith’s dead money, the Blackhawks will carry nearly $7 million in dead cap in 2022-23.
General Manager Kyle Davidson said a rebuild is coming. However, a reconstruction with so much demolition might not have been predicted by the general public. That said, Davidson is going to put his stamp on the team and get rid of everyone from the Stan Bowman era.
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