Blackhawks general manager, Stan Bowman, announced on Thursday that the team will use their two compliance buyouts. Each team was given two buyouts to use on players over the next two seasons. This was a way for teams to say goodbye to players while saving themselves some money and big cap hits.
The Hawks have decided to say goodbye to defenseman Steve Montador and forward Rostislav Olesz. Both spent last season playing the the team's AHL affiliate, the Rockford Icehogs.
Olesz came to the Hawks in a trade with the Florida Panthers in exchange for Brian Campbell in 2011. He played in only 6 games for the Hawks spending most of the last two seasons in Rockford so the team could avoid his salary counting against the cap.
This is actually probably a move more to help Olesz than the team. His contract only ran through next season. Olesz clearly did not fit into Coach Quenneville's system so this allows the 27 year-old to find a team that does want him.
Montador had two more years on his contract and just didn't fit into the team's plans going forward.
He signed with the Hawks during the summer of 2011 and suffered a concussion in February of 2012. He attempted to come back but lasted only one game. This past season he played in 14 games for the Icehogs.
If healthy this might allow Montador to latch on with another contender.
The most interesting thing about the Hawks using the compliance buyouts is that they are using both of them. Many had speculated that perhaps they would hold on to one of them and possibly use it on forward Marian Hossa next season.
Now the Hawks have about $7 million in cap space heading into free agency. I expect at least $3-4 million to go to Marcus Kruger and Nick Leddy which doesn't leave much left to try and bring back Bryan Bickell or Viktor Stalberg.
Could we see a player like Dave Bolland get moved over the weekend at the draft, to help free up some more space? We will just have to wait till Saturday to see.