It’s going to be another busy day for Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman on Saturday.
The Hawks go into the second day of the draft with 11 more picks to make, including five in the second round.
Bowman said after taking winger Kevin Hayes in the first round on Friday that he might keep all five second-round picks or use them as assets to trade.
Despite more rumors of the Hawks shopping winger Kris Versteeg, Bowman said he doesn’t necessarily have to do anything else right now to deal with his salary cap situation.
The Hawks shed more than $4 million in the Dustin Byfuglien deal with Atlanta and were helped by the announcement that the cap would be going up to $59.4 million.
“We’re fine with the cap right now,” Bowman said. “There’s still a lot of talk, but it would have to be something that made sense to us.”
Bowman was asked about a report Friday that made it seem as if he wasn’t going to make restricted free agent Andrew Ladd a qualifying contract offer by Monday’s deadline.
“The deadline is Monday and we know what we’re going to do,” Bowman said.
The Hawks will make qualifying contract offers to restricted free agents Antti Niemi and Niklas Hjalmarsson and figure to make to Ladd as well unless they decide to trade his rights.