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Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs Trade Chances

By Colin Likas
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Sep 26, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Cameron Schilling (45) skates with the puck against the Boston Bruins at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports /

Rockford defensemen/goaltenders

Cameron Schilling: 25 percent

Schilling is a guy with NHL experience who some team might want as a sixth defenseman. He’s a big guy at 6-foot-2, and he’s contributed 14 points from the blue line this season. He could be a useful chip for the Blackhawks.

Dennis Robertson: 5 percent

Robertson could be a guy the Blackhawks hope competes for a roster spot next season. He hasn’t been in the pros long (since 2014), and I think the Blackhawks want more time to see what they have in Robertson, even at 24 years old.

Kirill Gotovets: 5 percent

The Blackhawks seem decently high on him, and it’d be nice to keep around some defensive prospects the Blackhawks can actually use on defense in the future.

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Kyle Cumiskey: 5 percent

I can’t see a team actually wanting Cumiskey, who has dealt with injuries all season.

Nolan Valleau: 5 percent

Valleau knocked off his last three years of college to sign a two-year, entry-level deal with the Blackhawks before this season. He’s played meaningful minutes in Rockford, posting 11 points in 47 games. At 22 years old, I think it’d be a mistake to get rid of Valleau right now.

Ville Pokka: 7 percent

Another guy who I think would be a mistake to get rid of, but who Blackhawks fans seem to want to throw overboard because he hasn’t made the big-league roster yet. There’s a reason for this: He’s not quite defensively ready. Offensively from the blue line, Pokka could contribute to the Blackhawks right now. But they don’t want to rush him, not because they don’t see him as a future contributor, but because they do. I can’t imagine the 21-year-old going anywhere, as the Blackhawks’ list of blueliners who could hop to the NHL next season is pretty short right now. But, again, crazier things have happened.

Rob Scuderi: 2 percent

Scuderi cleared waivers this morning, and he’s pretty much in the same boat as Michal Rozsival. There’s very little chance someone is going to want to acquire an old defenseman who can’t move.

Mac Carruth: 10 percent

He seems to be spending more of his time in the ECHL than the AHL, and the Blackhawks may see him as a movable piece with Mark Visentin around. But, again, the Blackhawks don’t have a ton of goaltender depth in the system, so moving goaltenders at the deadline may not be in their best interest.

Mark Visentin: 10 percent

Probably the IceHogs’ next starting netminder once Michael Leighton decides he’s done, so I don’t see them moving Visentin.

Michael Leighton: 2 percent

Unless some team needs an emergency backup out of nowhere, Leighton is holding firm.

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