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Antoine Roussel

Stan Bowman expects trade talks to heat up quickly with draft looming

Stan Bowman expects trade talks to heat up quickly with draft looming

The date and opponent for the Blackhawks' 2015-16 regular-season opener was announced Wednesday, revealing exactly how much time general manager Stan Bowman has to retool the roster to conform to the NHL's salary cap. Between now and Oct. 7 when the Hawks will raise the '15 Stanley Cup championship banner to the United Center rafters before facing the Rangers, Bowman will make trades, sign some free agents and let others walk, scratch, claw and do whatever it takes to get below the $71.4 million cap limit. The process already has begun as Bowman has engaged in trade talks for several players, with sources indicating veteran wingers Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell are among...

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