As the Blackhawks continue the organizational overhaul and look to open space for younger players, the decision was made on Monday to let two veterans go.
Forwards Henrik Borgström and Brett Connolly were both placed on waivers for purposes of buying out their contracts. Connolly had one year remaining on his contract with a $3.5 million cap hit.
Borgström will carry a cap hit of $83,334 this coming season and $183,334 because of the buyout while Connolly will carry a cap hit of $1,166,667 over the next two years, according to CapFriendly.
Both players were acquired from Florida in 2021 in the deal that sent Lucas Wallmark and Lucas Carlsson to the Florida Panthers. Chicago also acquired Riley Stillman and the pick used to select Jaylen Luypen in that trade.