The coaching staff and upper management (meaning Q & Company and Bowman) really want one of Pirri or LeBlanc to take the 2C role next year, and considering that we have a good amount of NHL-ready C's (with Handzus possibly returning, it's a maybe at this point) I wouldn't see the need.
That's another thing, his price tag will be too high, even with the newfound cap space. After we re-sign Kruger and Leddy, there will be no room for Filppula on our payroll. He may very well cost north of $4M, when we can't afford anybody for more than around $2.5M.
Filppula and Bozak are looking for contract extensions for around $5 million AAV.
The Chicago Blackhawks still need to qualify restricted free agents Marcus Kruger and Nick Leddy, while unrestricted free agents Ray Emery and Michal Rozsival still may be in the Chicago Blackhawks future plans, at least for another year.
Simply put, the Chicago Blackhawks can't afford another high priced unrestricted free agent.