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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Reason They Don’t Need a Duncan Keith Replacement Trade

By Tim Lively
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May 23, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing

Corey Perry

(10) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman

Kimmo Timonen

(44) collide with goalie

Corey Crawford

(50) during the first period in game four of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

#4 – The ‘Hawks Don’t Need another Kimmo Timonen

Kimmo Timonen had a very accomplished career as a defenseman, but when the Blackhawks grabbed him at the trade deadline to bring some veteran reliability to the blue line in the playoffs, Timonen was on his last leg, and it showed. Timonen proved to be more a liability than an asset in the post season, which caused Coach Joel Quenneville to lean all the more heavily on his top two defensive lines.

Timonen was a patch job, plain and simple, because the ‘Hawks failed to establish a consistent third defensive line pairing during the regular season. Several of my esteemed colleagues here at Blackhawk Up have already identified potential trade targets to fill the Duncan Keith void and unsurprisingly, the majority of them are very Timonesque: pushing forty, and well past their prime. Any defensemen the ‘Hawks can hope to grab via the trade market would be nothing but a short term solution, which would make forfeiting a prospect that could potentially have a very productive future with the franchise a damn shame. Thus, now is the time the Blackhawks need to apply the lessons they learned from the Timonen acquisition.

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