Bryan Bickell

Five questions facing Blackhawks for 2016-17

Five questions facing Blackhawks for 2016-17

The dust still may be settling on the Blackhawks' season after their loss to the Blues in Game 7 of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Monday night, but it's never too early to take a look at five pressing matters for the 2016-17 campaign.

What's the deal with the Hawks and the NHL salary cap and what does it mean for their roster?

If it's the offseason, it must be time to start worrying about the cap. Here's a stunner: The Hawks are again in trouble when it comes to room under the cap, which is projected to be around $74 million if the NHLPA agrees to exercise its escalator clause.

While Artemi Panarin's stellar play was a big key to the Hawks'...