According to ESPN.com’s Jesse Rogers, the remaining restricted free agents on the Blackhawks’ roster are all expecting huge raises. And that has slowed down negotiations between the team and players.
But how much is too much?
According to Rogers’ article, published late Tuesday night, the dollar amounts Chris Campoli, Viktor Stalberg and Michael Frolik are asking for aren’t anywhere close to where the Blackhawks are looking to spend.
Rogers indicates that Campoli is looking to cash in on the spending frenzy this summer, asking for around $3M per season on his next deal. Considering the Hawks’ depth on the blue line with the additions of Steve Montador and Sean O’Donnell and the number of prospects matriculating up through the organization, the likelihood that GM Stan Bowman writes a check in that neighborhood isn’t likely.
Meanwhile, Rogers says Frolik is asking for somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.5M per season.
This number might be more reasonable, and could work in the overall structure of the team moving forward. Consider what some comparable players have been paid this summer.
On Tuesday, the Toronto Maple Leafs gave forward Clarke MacArthur a two-year, $6.5M deal ($3.25M cap hit). MacArthur has 54 goals with three different organizations in the last three seasons and is 26 years old.
On July 1, the Philadelphia Flyers handed Jakub Voracek a one-year, $2.25M deal. In three years, Voracek has 39 goals; he is 21-years-old.
Frolik has 53 goals in his last three years between Florida and Chicago, and is only 23 years old. He also has more 20-goal seasons, two, than MacArthur, who has just one (last year). Voracek has not scored more than 16 in a season. All three were restricted free agents this summer.
Handing Frolik $2.5M per wouldn’t be outrageous considering his market value this summer.
Indeed, considering how teams spent this summer, a three-year deal at that dollar amount could make Frolik an outstanding asset on the trade market in 12 or 24 months. If he skates a full season on a line with Dave Bolland or Marian Hossa, both superior players to anyone he played with regularly in Florida in his two 20-goal campaigns, he could easily jump back to those numbers in Chicago.