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Champion Blackhawks know changes are ahead @NHL

CHICAGO (AP) -A day after they celebrated their Stanley Cup victory with a massive parade, the Chicago Blackhawks were still giddy from the experience Saturday. But they also know that changes are ahead this summer.

General manager Stan Bowman said the team's core will remain intact but that the roster will be altered because of salary cap issues.

One position that will certainly be addressed is goaltender. Starter Antti Niemi, who went 16-6 in the playoffs, made just under $827,000 this year and is a restricted free agent.

Chicago's backup is Cristobal Huet, who just completed the second year of a four-year, $22.45 million contract.

Bowman also confirmed that team captain Jonathan Toews will receive a $1.3 million bonus for winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.

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