While holding down first place in the Central Division and one of the best teams in the NHL 10 games into the shortened season, it seems strange that we even bring up trade deadline talks. The one thing that GM Stan Bowman seems to shy away from is pulling the trigger on a huge trade. The real question is… has there even been any blockbuster trades really offered to him? I believe that Bowman really believes that a strong organization from top to bottom is the way to build a lasting championship caliber team and making a big splash just because it’s a deadline is not Bowman’s cup of tea.
The trade deadline talk was discussed before the Sharks game while Bowman also threw out that the Hawks had Stanley Cup potential with this roster. The question of injuries were talked about with Daniel Carcillo getting back on the ice sometime this week. Bowman said that he will be filling in any injuries to the roster with the youngsters in Rockford. He called out Brandon Pirri, Jimmy Hayes, and Jeremy Morin as the forwards playing well that could be called up, while Dylan Olsen, Adam Clendening, and Ryan Stanton as defenseman worthy of a call up due to injury.
The real question might be what to do with Carcillo when he returns from injury. Brandon Saad though not showing it on the scoresheet although he scored his first career goal last night has played well with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa and has really grown more comfortable each and every game. I would prefer leaving Saad with the top guns and moving Carcillo to the bottom six. Time will tell, but it’s great to have so many options which we can all thank Bowman for not getting an itchy finger and holding to his beliefs when everyone was calling for his head.
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