Chicago Blackhawks Untouchables: Where Does Each Blackhawk Rank?

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Apr 19, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) celebrates scoring the game-winning goal against the Nashville Predators with center Jonathan Toews (19) and right wing Patrick Kane (88) during overtime at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Predators 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks untouchable list really became a thing this week especially after the draft when Stan Bowman went out of his way to say we wouldn’t listen to offers for Brandon Saad and Teuvo Teravainen.  The list came up a lot during this past week when Patrick Sharp was to be believed to be dangled for the entire league, well any team with a legit #2 center, to grab until Sharp’s agent went out and said that #10 wasn’t touchable.  So here is our list and ranking of the Blackhawks untouchables from the current roster.

Totally Untouchable

  1. Jonathan Toews
  2. Patrick Kane

Let’s be honest here, there are only 2 faces of the franchise and these two after they sign their extension will never be asked about again from other GM’s especially Kane for a long, long time in a trade offer.  These are the only two without a shadow of a doubt that are truly Blackhawks untouchables.

Untouchables

  1. Duncan Keith
  2. Brandon Saad
  3. Teuvo Teravainen
  4. Stephen Johns
  5. Corey Crawford

Keith isn’t going anywhere so you could almost throw him up there with Kane and Toews but he’s not a face of the franchise although probably a Hall of  Famer, Saad and Teuvo are 21 and 19 loaded with talent, youth, and promise and you won’t see Stan trade away that type of player ever.  Johns is on the list for now because of his huge upside and youth that the Hawks will need on defense in the upcoming salary cap strapped seasons and due to the lack of talent in the organization at the goalie position the Hawks couldn’t even think for a second of trading away Corey.

One Notch from Untouchable

  1. Niklas Hjalmarsson
  2. Brent Seabrook
  3. Andrew Shaw
  4. Bryan Bickell
  5. Marian Hossa

Hjalmarsson is close to untouchable but he could get moved if the price was really right, the same  applies to Seabrook.  Shaw is a heart and grit player that isn’t untouchable but would take something good for the Hawks to get in return to move plus he’s so flexible in being able to play just about everywhere.  Everyone wants Bickell moved but he’s the Hawks only true power forward and he’s great in the playoffs, while Hossa’s contract basically means he isn’t going anywhere.

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  • oldschool

    Seabrook got demoted in the playoffs and it wouldn’t surprise me if he went packing.
    Also, there is no need for Versteeg.

  • HawksFans Anonymous

    Kind of surprised that #ProjectBrookbank wasn’t anywhere on the list… What do you think about his chances of being traded? He’s kind of a middle-of-the-road guy.

    • Keith Schultz

      ProjectBrookbank is currently an unrestricted free agent which is why I didn’t list him. If the Hawks make some trades I could see them bringing him back next year

    • HawksFans Anonymous

      *smack* Duh. Never mind!

  • Michael Castelaz

    I think maybe Oduya is a little more untouchable than credited. He’s a nice piece. I don’t think they’re actively looking to give him away.

    • Blackhawk Up

      Oduya was one of the hardest to place. I think he’s very valuable and don’t think the Hawks just dump him for salary cap relief like they would Versteeg but i still think if the right trade came up Oduya would get moved due to the defensive depth in the system

      • Michael Castelaz

        Good point. I mean, we’re talking about UNTOUCHABLES here… for the right deal, Oduya would be moved. I think the Hawks probably place more value on him than others because of the nice fit, but to your point, the guys mentioned as “untouchables” aren’t getting moved regardless of the offer.

  • Matt Ahrens

    I’d put Rozsival and Versteeg in their own category; the Blackhawks would LIKE to get rid of those guys to free up cap space and ice time. I think they’d rather have Brookbank and Regin and pay have the amount. I’d also group Leddy, Sharp, and Oduya with Bickell and Shaw – the Blackhawks like them all enough but know that to get a solid 2nd line center, they’ll need to give up value and dump salary in the process. I wouldn’t be surprised to see one or two of them gone before the season starts.