Ah, Trade Deadline day. Easily the most exiting day off-ice in the NHL, perhaps rivaled by free agency and the draft. Uniforms, faces, and cities change for some players, while team can go from middle-of-the-pack to Stanley Cup contender in an instant. The Chicago Blackhawks are usually one of the most passive teams on Deadline day; but three distinct trade possibilities will keep fans checking their phones all day long on March 3rd.
Martin Brodeur may not be one of the players you’d expect to find on this list, but when expert analysts say the NHL’s best goaltender of all-time has a chance of landing in an Indian Head sweater, you listen up. It is no secret that Brodeur wants out of New Jersey. He is frustrated with his playing time, and is looking for a little more success in the twilight of his career. Brodeur’s past accolades are widely known, but his battle with Corey Schneider for the starting job in Jersey has left him with only 28 games played. Brodeur struggled on the big stage in Yankee Stadium in his most recent game, getting pulled after two periods and six goals.
It would be sentimental for the Devils to keep Brodeur, but Lou Lamoriello has to have a business mentality, and thus, Brodeur is likely to be traded before the deadline. According to TSN analyst Aaron Ward, the Blackhawks need to shore up their goaltending situation, as Corey Crawford is the only goaltender with playoff games under his belt. The Blackhawks could make a deal with young talent, including prospects in college and with their AHL team, the Rockford IceHogs. The Blackhawks would have to make room for Brodeur’s $4.5 million cap hit, causing a major shakeup that would not be worth it for the team. Stan Bowman did not build this team from rental players, and even though “expert” analysts think that Brodeur could land in the Windy City, it is very unlikely.