We’re getting closer and closer to the NHL trade deadline, which occurs on Monday, Feb. 29. With that, speculation is abound about who the Chicago Blackhawks might acquire. I’ve stated in multiple posts that I believe the Blackhawks’ biggest need is on the defensive end, while their need for a top-line left wing is issue No. 2. It’s nice not to have “second-line center” be the glaring hole for once, right?
Of course, as much as we talk about who the Blackhawks can trade for, we rarely talk about who they might have to give up. Because, obviously, teams aren’t going to move big-name players without getting something in return. So it’s time to take a look at the chances that each current member of the Blackhawks and their AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, might be traded before or at the 2016 trade deadline.
We’re going to get the easy ones out of the way first: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Corey Crawford, Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov are not going anywhere at the deadline. They either just started new (and huge) contracts or are too valuable to the current team to be moved (or both). But everyone else is going to be up for grabs, for the sake of this post.
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