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Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs Trade Chances

By Colin Likas
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Jan 5, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) moves the puck ahead of Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

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Bryan Bickell: Something

I honestly don’t know what percentage to give for Bickell’s trade chances, as the Blackhawks clearly want him off the books but can’t find a team willing to help. I’m sure Bowman will try moving Bickell again with all his might until the deadline passes, but I’m not sure if those efforts will bear fruit this time around.

Chris DeSousa: 15 percent

He’s a grinder/depth guy with nine points and 56 penalty minutes in 41 games at the center spot. He could be an add-on to a deal, though I think there are other pieces who would better fit that role.

Dane Walters: 5 percent

Hasn’t played a whole lot with the IceHogs this season, and the right wing probably isn’t a huge trade target at this time.

Garret Ross: 20 percent

He’s put up decent stats with the IceHogs this season, posting 18 points and 85 penalty minutes from the left wing. He could be a guy some Eastern Conference trading partners would be in on.

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Jake Dowell: 2 percent

He’s the IceHogs’ captain (not that it did much for Joakim Nordstrom‘s trade chances) and has proved time and time again he’s a career AHLer. Nothing wrong with that, but it won’t get him any interest before the deadline.

Kyle Baun: 50 percent

In a perfect world for the Blackhawks (not necessarily the fans), Baun comes back at training camp 2016, earns a roster spot and actually keeps it. Q and Co. seem very high on Baun despite him not doing a whole lot to impress. But there’s always the option of selling how high they are on him to another team. Baun has gone from Blackhawks opening-night roster member to a guy struggling to get ice time with the Hogs. Maybe a change of scenery will do him well. He could be an important part of a key deal for the Blackhawks.

Mark McNeill: 45 percent

McNeill is in a weird spot with the Blackhawks. He was the last big-name prospect of the older guard to get a crack in the NHL, and that lasted all of about 20 minutes this season. Have the Blackhawks soured on McNeill as a valuable NHL contributor? If so, he’d be a valuable trade deadline asset. His 26 points in 37 games are third for the IceHogs, and being a 6-foot-2, 212-pound center will be attractive to many teams. I would hope the Blackhawks would give McNeill a better crack at the big leagues next season, but they may just want to part ways with him for whatever reason.

Marko Dano: 60 percent

This seems to be the guy everyone on social media wants to trade. Many people expected Dano to slot right into the Blackhawks’ lineup and contribute meaningful minutes because he was highly touted in Columbus. Coach Q had other plans, as he wasn’t impressed with Dano’s play on either end of the ice. Dano boasts 23 points in 33 games for the IceHogs and has a team-best plus-17 rating. He’s still just 21 years old, and he seems to have some untapped potential. The Blackhawks could certainly market this if they feel like he doesn’t fit into their future plans. He may be the big prospect forward who gets shipped at the deadline.

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Mike Liambas: 10 percent

Liambas hasn’t spent any time with the Blackhawks this season, but I still think he could be a future Andrew Shaw for the team with a little more seasoning. His stats (one goal in 23 games) aren’t going to appeal to many suitors, either.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie: 20 percent

He’s having a decent season from the left wing, posting 22 points in 45 games. The 29-year-old would likely be a depth addition to any deal the Blackhawks make, and his big frame (6-foot-3, 221 pounds) could make him attractive to some.

Ryan Haggerty: 10 percent

The Blackhawks acquired him from the Rangers last offseason, and I think they hope he challenges for a big-league roster spot in the next training camp. Don’t see them moving him as a result, but crazier things have happened.

Ryan Hartman: 5 percent

I think the Blackhawks are pretty high on Hartman and would like him to replace Shaw next season. Therefore, I don’t see him going anywhere unless the perfect deal pops up.

Tanner Kero: 15 percent

The Blackhawks have some decent center depth in the minors, and Kero could wind up being a casualty of that. He displayed good instincts on both ends of the ice in his brief NHL stint this season, and he could be a guy another team adds in hopes he competes for a roster spot next season. However, I think the Blackhawks are eyeing a similar trajectory for Kero moving forward, so he’s probably not on the move.

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