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Former Chicago Blackhawks We’d Like To See, Not See Again In Chicago

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Apr 2, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) brings the puck up ice as Buffalo Sabres left wing C.J. Smith (49) pursues during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 2, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) brings the puck up ice as Buffalo Sabres left wing C.J. Smith (49) pursues during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 29, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames right wing Kris Versteeg (10) during the face off against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /

Kris Versteeg

We’ve been on this train before.

Should Blackhawks want him back: No; he’d probably prevent Alex DeBrincat from getting called up to the NHL for an entire season.

Michael Frolik

He’s best remembered as a penalty killer and the guy whose penalty shots tore apart the likes of Cory Schneider and Jimmy Howard. Frolik was a scrappy bottom-six guy for the Blackhawks during the 2013 Stanley Cup run. But he was moved to Winnipeg after that season, and now he’s in Calgary.

Frolik has been relatively consistent since leaving Chicago, posting seasons of 42, 42 and 44 points (along with a 32-point campaign plagued by injury in 2015-16). He’s added just one point in eight postseason games, though.

Frolik was a dependable guy to play a bottom-six role, but he’s been asked to do so much more with the Flames. As such, he’s now getting paid $4.3 million per season. I’d be interested in having Frolik on the bottom six again at a reasonable 29 years of age, but I’d want that contract cut by about $3 million first.

Should Blackhawks want him back: Not for his current going rate.

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