Caggiula didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Blackhawks, which means he'll hit the open market Friday, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Caggiula was a solid role player for Chicago last season, picking up 15 points while dishing out 81 hits in 40 contests, but the Hawks are in a crunch cap-wise, so he'll end up being a casualty of their lack of cash. The 26-year-old winger won't have any trouble finding a new landing spot once free agency opens Friday.
Caggiula produced an assist, two shots on goal and five hits in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Vegas in Game 5. Caggiula had the lone helper on Patrick Kane's second-period tally. The assist gave Caggiula a three-game point streak (one goal, two helpers). Those were his only points in eight playoff outings, to go with 33 hits, eight shots and two PIM.
Caggiula scored a goal on two shots and led all players with seven hits in Sunday's 3-1 win over Vegas in Game 4. Caggiula opened the scoring just over four minutes into the game, driving for the front of the net and one-time a no-look pass by Olli Maatta. It was the first goal of the postseason for Caggiula, who also played a robust, physical game and saw a smattering of penalty-killing duty. It would not be a surprise to see him back on the left side of Chicago's second line with Kirby Dach and Patrick Kane in Game 5.
Caggiula picked up an assist and four hits in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Golden Knights in Game 3. The helper was Caggiula's first in six postseason outings -- he missed Game 2 in the qualifying round due to suspension. The winger has been more of a physical presence so far with 21 hits in the playoffs. Caggiula had nine goals and six helpers in 40 regular-season outings.
Caggiula has served his one-game suspension and will be eligible to rejoin the lineup for Wednesday's Game 3 against Edmonton. The Blackhawks definitely missed Caggiula's energy up front during Monday's Game 2 loss to the Oilers, so he'll almost certainly jump into a bottom-six role for Game 3. The 26-year-old winger dished out four hits and blocked one shot in 11:25 of ice time during Game 1 on Saturday.
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