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Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs Trade Chances

By Colin Likas
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Jan 26, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defensemen Erik Gustafsson (52) skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /

Blackhawks defensemen/goaltenders

Erik Gustafsson: 5 percent

Gustafsson may or may not be on the postseason roster, but I don’t see him being moved. He’s proven he can hack it to some extent at the NHL level, and the Blackhawks really need guys like that on the blue line.

Michal Rozsival: 3 percent

I just don’t see anyone wanting to trade for a 37-year-old defenseman who can barely move. He has a place in the Blackhawks system, and Q will want him around for the postseason, regardless of moves Bowman may or may not make at the deadline.

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Viktor Svedberg: 15 percent

Svedberg’s imposing size could be a draw to some Eastern Conference teams who tend to value that more than actual ability. Not that Svedberg is a bad hockey player — he’s actually looked good in stretches with the Blackhawks — but if the team needs to move a defensive prospect to gain an NHL-ready defenseman or a top-line left wing, Svedberg could be an option.

Trevor van Riemsdyk: 10 percent

TVR has not had a good sophomore season with the Blackhawks. His injury history would also make him, in theory, difficult to move. Still, crazier things have happened, and TVR has spent the last season and a half in the big leagues, so he could be a guy drawing minor interest.

Scott Darling: 2 percent

The Blackhawks would probably not be interested in having Michael Leighton be the backup to Crawford, although there are certainly worse options. There’s not enough goaltender depth in the organization right now to be moving Darling, though, no matter how rough he’s been this season.

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