A source confirmed the Hawks and restricted free agent winger Kris Versteeg have finalized a three-year deal worth more than $9 million.
The contract could be announced officially by the team on Wednesday.
Signing Versteeg for roughly $3 million puts the Hawks just about at the $56.8 million salary cap. A $3 million cap hit for Versteeg would put the Hawks' payroll at approximately $55.578 million, not counting the salary for the backup goalie.
It's looking more and more that a trade will need to be made to move out some salary, possibly Versteeg or Cam Barker or even Patrick Sharp.
Versteeg was the final restricted free agent the Hawks planned to sign.
It's likely the Hawks had to pay Versteeg and Barker more than they hoped because of the grievance filed against them by the NHL Players Association for being late with their qualifying contract offers to their RFAs.
Barker signed a three-year, $9.25 million deal on Tuesday.