While playing without Patrick Sharp, the Blackhawks have received some great performances from secondary players. But what cannot be overlooked is the cost of these contributions against the salary cap.
Chicago GM Stan Bowman has done a nice job of providing depth scoring this year. With the emergence of rookies Andrew Shaw and Jimmy Hayes, every corner of the roster has been producing.
Let’s put the Hawks’ secondary scoring into some financial context. If we look just at the full season salary cap numbers of Blackhawks players, consider how Shaw, Hayes and Viktor Stalberg stack up against some other teams’ stars this year in scoring.
Here’s a list of what some NHL teams have received to date from some of their top money players, and their combined full-season cap numbers.
- LA Kings: Williams-Penner-Stoll – 17 goals, $11.500M
- Edmonton: Hemsky-Horcoff-Gagner – 17 goals, $11.875M
- Montreal: Gionta-Plekanec-Darche – 19 goals, $10.700M
- Buffalo: Stafford-Leino-Roy – 19 goals, $12.500M
- Anaheim: Getzlaf-Koivu-Hagman – 21 goals, $9.325M
- Washington: Semin-Knuble-Laich – 22 goals, $13.200M
- Carolina: Staal-Ponikarovsky-Jokinen – 23 goals, $12.750M
- Chicago: Stalberg-Shaw-Hayes – 23 goals, $2.315M
- Columbus: Nash-Vermette-Pahlsson – 24 goals, $14.200M
Look at the names on this list. Some of them, like Getzlaf, Semin, Staal and Nash, are regularly on all-star teams and get invitations to Olympic teams. Many of these players are being counted on to lead their teams into the postseason, and are being compensated to produce on the ice.
And yet there are Chicago’s Stalberg, Shaw and Hayes, making between $7-12M less than the other trios on the list, and they have given the Blackhawks as many, if not more goals.
Certainly we’re not implying that scoring goals is everything. And certainly a fan base with a struggling Patrick Kane can’t cast stones at other star players that aren’t putting the puck into the net.
But looking at the cost of the secondary players, and how well they’re producing (especially in under 20 combined games for Shaw and Hayes), certainly it’s starting to become obvious that the Hawks are getting great bang for their bucks.