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Chicago Blackhawks’ Prospects Have Been Trade Bait All Year

By Aaron Goldschmidt
Jan 15, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Nick Schmaltz (8) during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 15, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Nick Schmaltz (8) during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Blackhawks veterans who have contributed to the team’s recent success are on the downslope of their careers

Brent Seabrook

Any Blackhawks fan who has been paying attention this year knows that Seabrook has taken a step back. His physicality and at times his reliability in the defensive zone have been questionable throughout the 2017 season.

Seabrook currently has a $6.8 million cap it over the next seven years, so he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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A lot of trade talk have been brought up about Seabrook and if his salary works on this team, but there is no way he gets moved. Seabs has been in the Blackhawks organization for the last 14 years and earned every penny of his new extension by being Mr. Clutch for the Blackhawks in the postseason.

His leadership in unquantifiable and will contribute to more success in the near future.

Marian Hossa

A lot of people thought Hossa’s career took a huge step back after he was put on the third line last year in the playoffs. His defense and backchecking still provided value on the Blackhawks even with his production down.

But this year is a different story. Without top goaltending and Hossa’s production, the Blackhawks may not be sitting in a playoff spot.

At 38 years old, Hossa has been in the league for 20 years, he has three Stanley Cups and he is a sure Hall of Famer in the NHL.

Even after two decades, he is still productive in what many call a young man’s game. After this year, Hossa’s salary is $1 million per year, which left many anticipating him retiring around this time.

Depending on Hossa’s health, there is no telling if he will call it quits, which gives more reason for the ’Hawks to try to get him one last Cup.

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