Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon admitted Wednesday the team made a mistake getting qualifying contract offers to his restricted free agents on time but claimed the goof did not force them to overpay for Kris Versteeg and Cam Barker.
Versteeg and Barker signed three-year, $9.25 million contract extensions after earning $984,000 and $490,000 last season, respectively.
"I think that we got them at fair market value," Tallon said. "When you compare the comparables, looking at the point production of Barker and Versteeg and all the other players, those numbers are right in line with what they possibly would have gotten in arbitration. We're happy to get them long term."
Tallon said the Hawks are under the NHL's $56.8 million salary cap.
"We can play right now with this team, and this is with 23 players," Tallon said. "We're basically going to carry 22 or 21."
Tallon didn't go into details about what exactly happened with the qualifying offers and why they were late.
"We were late filing this year," he said. "It's something we had not done in the past, but for a couple reasons we were a little bit late. We should have filed earlier. It was something we shouldn't have done.
"It won't happen again."