Chicago is headed to the playoffs even though two key signings of last summer—defenseman Brian Campbell (right) and goalie Cristobal Huet—have been inconsistent. Campbell, signed for seven more years at $7.1 million a season, was -9 in his last 12 games through Sunday, and coach Joel Quenneville had slashed his ice time. Huet, owed $5.6 million each of the next three seasons, had let in four goals or more in five of his last seven starts. Their contracts unnerve G.M. Dale Tallon because Chicago stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews come out of entry-level contracts after next season and stand to make huge raises.... Draft news: Hard-charging, two-way center Matt Duchene of the OHL's Brampton Battalion is now considered a lock to go No. 3 after forward John Tavares and defenseman Victor Hedman.
This is an article from the March 30, 2009 issue