Tough break for fans of the up-and-coming Chicago Blackhawks.
The Hawks removed the $4 mill cap hit of Robert Lang today by trading his rights to the Montreal Canadiens for a 2nd-round draft pick in 2010.
Chicago was about $2.5 mill OVER the cap (give or take) when today began and needed to move somebody sooner or later as a result. The choice was Lang.
It's disappointing for Hawks fans but it was a necessary move, and let me tell you, Montreal got a very-capable veteran here....a GREAT move by Bob Gainey. Look out Northeast Division, Montreal's ready to repeat (and this coming from a Sabres fan..sigh). I really feel for Chicago (where I'm now living btw, moved here from Buffalo last week for grad school), but they have enough offensive upside and overall firepower to afford to lose Lang.
Make no mistake about it though. Lang was lost because of the cap.