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Family Matters

By Keith Schultz

Since most leagues are copycat leagues,  I guess the NHL took a while but turned copycat this weekend.  Apparently from the Stanley Cup Championship success  the Sedin brothers have had playing for the Vancouver Canucks, some teams in the NHL made moves this weekend to have family member reunited.

The big move of the weekend was the Pittsburgh Penguins trading away Jordan Staal for a 1st round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes along with Brandon Sutter and Brian Dumoulin.  Jordan Staal will now be reunited with his older brother Eric in Raleigh.  Last season Jordan scored 25 goals with 25 assists with a +11 rating. Jordan had turned down a 10 year contract extension from the Penguins earlier in the week setting up the draft day trade possibilities.

The second brotherly trade happened when the Philadelphia Flyers traded away James Van Riemsdyk to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Luke Schenn.  Schenn will be playing alongside younger brother Brayden Schenn in Philly. Last season Luke recorded 2 goals and 20 assists with a -6 rating and has averaged 260 hits per season.

The Blackhawks continued the “family weekend” in Pittsburgh theme when they chose winger Chris Calnan in the third round.  His family ties are that his uncle is Hawks legend Jeremy Roenick.  J.R. is the 7th all-time goal scorer in Chicago Blackhawks history with 267.  Hopefully this won’t be too big of shoes to fill for the development of Calnan, but it would be great if he follows his uncle footsteps into becoming a great Hawks player.

The floodgates of trades never really transpired this weekend and the Blackhawks only move that made the transaction wire was swapping 2012 and 2013 4th round draft picks with the San Jose Sharks while picking up a 7th round pick.  Besides the Staal and Schenn family reunion trades, it was a very quiet draft, but if you want to see all the draft day trades click here.

So now that the draft is over, when will all the trades for the Blackhawks happen?  The next date circled on the trade calendar is July 1 when free agency begins. The Hawks are not expected to be active unless players get moved through trades with the biggest name talked about is still Nicklas Hjalmarrson.  Teams looking for a top 4 defenseman could be intersted in the services of Hjalmarrson. My guess ,GM Stan Bowman is waiting for the phone to ring with a deal that he cannot refuse.  Hopefully, Bowman can still make a deal because he hasn’t seemed to eager to pull off any trades since last draft day with the exception of the Johnny Oduya deal.

-Rumor mill is heating up  tonight with the possibilities that the Hawks are one of the top teams to trade for Roberto Luongo. Twitterverse is all abuzz with many crying that no way would they want Luongo in a Blackhawks uniform.  Maybe he would be great in Chicago after getting away from the Sedin brothers and the Vancouver lunatic fans, but I find it hard to believe that the Canucks would trade Luongo to one of their top rivals and that the Hawks brass would want the PR mess of Luongo trade.