The Chicago Blackhawks still have a lot of work to do to get under the salary cap, but they are still finding a way to restock the cupboard and rebulid their depth. They are mastering the art of winning in the NHL salary cap era.
In September of 2009 the Boston Bruins traded Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks, two of which were later used on Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton. None of those players remain with those teams today.
Recapping the winners and the losers from the first day of the NHL free agent signing period. The Pittsburgh Penguins were big winners for getting Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs. One player that will not benefit from that trade? Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak.
The Pittsburgh Penguins still need a winger. The Toronto Maple Leafs are still trying to trade Phil Kessel. And the San Jose Sharks still need a goalie. Those are the three biggest unanswered questions in the NHL as we get close to the July 1 free agent signing period.