According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, the Blackhawks are talking trade with Vegas – and two names are specifically mentioned.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) May 31, 2017
Kruger, 27, has two years left on his current contract that carries a $3,083,333 cap hit. van Riemsdyk, 25, has a $825,000 during the 2017-18 season before becoming a restricted free agent.
Which begs the question: what leverage do the Blackhawks – projected to be approximately $4-4.5M over the cap – have to make such a deal?
If the Blackhawks have another deal for van Riemsdyk elsewhere, Chicago could use that if Vegas wants TvR. With Michal Rozsival re-signed, Chicago has a veteran defenseman who meets the expansion draft criteria – but Rozsival is clearly not as tempting for Vegas as TvR.