Do the Chicago Blackhawks Need to Make a Trade?

By Brian Kasnicka

Feb 3, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville looks on during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

With the trade deadline less than a month away a major trade is unlikely for the Blackhawks.  However, a minor move to acquire a veteran defenseman or a bottom six forward is not too farfetched.  The Blackhawks have been struggling lately, so maybe a trade to instill some life in the team wouldn’t be a bad idea.  With a record of 5-5 in their last ten games the Blackhawks do not look like a Stanley Cup contender.  Let’s take a look at some of the possible trade targets the Hawks could take a run at before the March 2nd deadline.

Mike Santorelli

Santorelli is currently a Toronto Maple Leaf who averages 14:52 on the ice.  Santorelli is a versatile center who has put up ten goals and eighteen assists this year on a Maple Leafs team that has struggled this year.  His contract wouldn’t be too much of a problem since he’s in the final year of a 1.5 million dollar contract.  I think Santorelli wouldn’t cost Stan Bowman too much.  Maybe a mid-level prospect plus a later pick in the draft, but then again I am no general manager.  I think he would be an excellent addition to the Hawks.  He gives NHL proven depth to the bottom six forwards and he can win face-offs.

More from Blackhawks News

Kimmo Timonen

Timonen is an interesting trade chip for the Flyers.  Before the season started he was diagnosed with several blood clots in his lungs.  Timonen has just recently resumed skating and believes he will play this season.  I don’t see the Flyers trading Timonen because I’m not sure if they would be able to find any teams willing to take that much of a risk on a thirty-nine year old who has missed most of the season.  Timonen’s contract is also a bit of a problem, at least for the Hawks.  He’ll have a base salary of 2 million dollars this year with a 1.5 million dollar bonus for games played.  I don’t see the Hawks throwing their hat in the ring for Timonen, even though some extra defensive depth wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Don’t count on Bowman pulling the trigger on any deal as the deadline approaches, barring catastrophic injury of course.  Bowman said he is happy with the team he has and with such little wiggle room below the cap I would say he’ll be standing pat come trade deadline.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to tune into NBC to watch the Hawks take on the Blues at 11:30 a.m.