No qualifying offer yet for Hawks' Ladd
But the Hawks had not yet made an offer to winger Andrew Ladd, another source close to the situation said.
If restricted free agents don't receiver a qualifying offer by Monday, they become unrestricted free agents on July 1.
At the NHL draft Thursday night Stan Bowman would not confirm or deny who has recieved qualifying offers from the Hawks. "I dont want to get into that right now but yeah, we're on top of the qualifying offers. I'll put it that way," Bowman said.
The Hawks, who continue to look for ways to free themselves from salary cap restraints, can trade the rights to Ladd by Monday.
After day 1 of the draft was complete Bowman reiterated that the Blackhawks do not necessarily have to shed any more salary, but that isn't stopping them from talking deals with other teams.
"We're still talking to some teams," Bowman said from the floor of the Staples Center."There's a lot of talk going on. You don't know how serious some guys are. We'll see. A lot of guys have been asked for."
Besides Ladd, Kris Versteeg is the most likely to go if the Hawks make another deal before Monday.
Bowman said he is supposed to meet with Cristobal Huet's agent during the draft weekend to start discussing what to do with him and his contract.
Huet will make in excess of $5.6 million next season, making him too expensive to back up Niemi.
The options include buying him out or sending him to the minors or even to Europe. The latter two choices would still pay Huet his full salary but it would not count against the salary cap.
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com.