Are the Blackhawks looking to deal defenseman Johnny Oduya? They do need to shed more than $2 million to get under the cap for next season and Oduya's salary and contract terms make him an attractive option.
With the success of the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks over the last five years, the NHL's balance of power has shifted westward. This year's free agent frenzy proved that this arms race is only heating up.
With adjusted expectations for free agency -- players will be overpaid -- it's time to note there were a lot of good deals signed this so far this summer, mostly because teams weren't giving out long terms.