CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Wednesday that he's spoken with some general managers about potential trades that could help alleviate another tight squeeze against the NHL salary cap.
"I'm not going to really go into detail on the trade talks," Bowman said. "It's typical of this time of year. We had the [general managers'] meeting [Tuesday], which is a new wrinkle. Normally we have it during the [Stanley Cup Final], so there was a lot of discussion with other managers about what they're looking to do."
The NHL announced the salary cap ceiling would rise from $69 million to $71.4 million for 2015-16. Chicago has about $64 million committed to 14 players for next season, meaning that Bowman almost certainly has to orchestrate a trade or trades to carve out enough cap room to fill out his roster.