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Chicago Blackhawks: 6 Reasons to Trade Andrew Shaw

By Tim Lively
Nov 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) reacts after shooting the puck against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) reacts after shooting the puck against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate center Andrew Shaw (65) goal against the Nashville Predators during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate center Andrew Shaw (65) goal against the Nashville Predators during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /

#2 – Small Trade Pool

So given the Blackhawks’ needs and this season’s trade market landscape, draft picks and prospects just aren’t going to cut it like they used to, but that creates another problem. If the only way the ‘Hawks can land a defenseman and/or left wing is by offering up an established player from their roster, this puts them in a somewhat precarious position. Let’s face it, when it comes to their current roster, the Blackhawks aren’t exactly replete with expendable players that other teams are going to be especially eager to acquire. You could certainly argue certain players from the lower lines could fetch a fair price, but again, given the types of positions the ‘Hawks are looking to fill, offering up from these ranks isn’t going to get the amount of traction needed.

Thus, outside of Andrew Shaw, the only other ‘Hawks players that have the potential to bring the return on investment other teams would be looking for that aren’t locked up in multi-year contracts are Artemi Panarin and Teuvo Teravainen. We all know Panarin isn’t going anywhere, and while Teravainen’s name has surfaced in a few trade rumors over the past few months, frankly, the ‘Hawks would be extremely foolish to trade him given his age and his potential. Hence, when it comes to the types of trade talks the Blackhawks want to participate in, Shaw emerges as really their only legit bargaining chip.

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