On the Vegas Golden Knights and the Chicago Blackhawks …
Frank Seravalli: There will be lots of Vegas expansion draft trade rumors coming up soon. One potential possibility that is looking that it could be likely, though not a 100 percent done yet is …. the Blackhawks allowing the Golden Knights to select defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk in the expansion draft but if they take forward Marcus Kruger in a trade.
Frank Servalli: The above could also be flipped … the Golden Knights draft Kruger in consideration for also getting van Riemsdyk. Regardless, both players have been linked to Vegas.
Frank Seravalli: The Blackhawks used a similar move last year when they included Teuvo Teravainen to get the Carolina Hurricanes to take Bryan Bickell’s contract.
- The Blackhawks currently sit just over $4.5 million over the next year’s cap, which CapFriendly has listed at $73 million. The Blackhawks currently sit at $77.52 million for 22 roster players and bonus overages of over $3.55 million.
- The 25-year old van Riemsdyk has one-year left on his deal at a $825,000 cap hit. He’ll be a restricted free agent after next season. He appeared in 58 games this past season, recording five goals and 11 assists.
- The 27-year old Kruger carries a $3.083 million cap hit for the next two years and will be an unrestricted free agent after. He has a modified no-trade list that kicks in this year in which he can name seven teams that he cannot be traded to. Kruger recorded five goals and 12 assists in 70 games with the Blackhawks this past season.