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It's cost the Blackhawks a fortune to retain key players like Brent Seabrook.

It’s cost the Blackhawks a fortune to retain key players like Brent Seabrook.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks are committing a fortune to their core players. Their recent re-signing of Brent Seabrook means they have over $53.34 million of their salary-cap payroll to just eight players. In addition to Seabrook, that includes “forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane ($10.5 million each), winger Marian Hossa ($5.275 million), defenseman Duncan Keith (approximately $5.54 million), defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson ($4.1 million), goaltender Corey Crawford ($6 million) and newcomer Artem Anismiov ($4.55 million).”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s a steep price to be paid in today’s salary-cap world to keep a championship core intact. If the cap continues to make only marginal increases in the coming years, it could eventually hurt the Blackhawks’ efforts to maintain a competitive roster. 

CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug is looking forward to more playing time and a bigger role this season.

THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: The Lightning claimed goaltender Kevin Poulin off waivers from the New York Islanders. They also released netminder Ray Emery from his professional tryout offer.

NBC SPORTS: The Minnesota Wild waived Ruslan Fedotenko and Zac Dalpe among their roster cuts yesterday.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Quebec natives Marc-Andre Fleury and Kris Letang would love to Quebec City get an NHL franchise.