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Three Trade Deadline Targets For The Chicago Blackhawks

By Skylar Peters
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2. Move Brandon Pirri

Jan 29, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward

Brandon Pirri

(37) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Pirri might be the most exciting prospect the Blackhawks have to offer, but his inability to stick in the Chicago lineup for more than a month has left him at the forefront of trade rumors.

Pirri began the year on the farm in Rockford, (a place where he led the AHL in scoring just a year ago), but less than two weeks into the NHL season, he was recalled by the Blackhawks, where he stuck with the team for nearly two months. Pirri was effective through his entire run, scoring 10 points in 24 games, and playing alongside Patrick Kane, who moved into the top five scorers in the entire NHL very quickly.Pirri is regularly in the 60% range in the Faceoff column, and his natural scoring ability compliments any of the Blackhawks’ four lines. However, for some reason, Joel Quenneville hasn’t kept Pirri around, and his up-and-down life has many Blackhawks fans perplexed.

Pirri’s report card would net a big return for the ‘Hawks, for teams like Florida and Tampa Bay who are building for the future. Trading Pirri inside the Central Division isn’t an option as he will be a force for years to come wherever he lands. Pirri’s entry-level contract won’t be a huge issue for the Blackhawks, but their $800,000 in cap space could be an issue if they receive a roster player in return. Throwing in Jeremy Morin, who has had a similar season, would give the Blackhawks a much better return, regardless if they shoot for prospects or roster players.