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Blackhawks' GM Stan Bowman: 'We don't have a cap problem anymore'

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Trading Andrew Shaw has provided Chicago some much-needed salary cap relief.

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Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has found some breathing room from the NHL salary cap.

The Blackhawks traded forward Andrew Shaw to the Montreal Canadiens for two second-round picks, the No. 39 and No. 45. The restricted free agent reportedly was asking for at least $4.5 million per season in negotiations, and Bowman and company were no longer interested in bringing him back at that price. And with Shaw gone to Montreal, the Bowman doesn't feel pushed against the cap.

According to generalfanager.com, the Hawks now have $6.39 million in cap space and none of their current roster players are restricted free agents.

The Hawks now have three picks in the second-round, which could help Bowman create a package to make a trade to acquire a top-9 forward or defenseman.