Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks’ Potential Players Who Could Be Traded Soon

By Tim Martens
EDMONTON, AB - DECEMBER 29: Patrick Kane
EDMONTON, AB - DECEMBER 29: Patrick Kane /
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Artem Anisimov

With three years left on his contract at $4.55 million a year and a no-trade clause, Anisimov may not be the most likely trade piece. Add to this he is currently on the injured reserve and there is the potential a team wouldn’t want to take a chance on a player who has already missed time this season.

But Anisimov has potted 13 goals this season and has been a strong center for the Blackhawks since arriving in 2015. If there is a team contending this year that is looking for some long-term help at center, Anisimov could be a great add and would free up salary space for the Blackhawks. This all, of course, is if Anisimov agrees to be traded as he has a no-movement clause.

Likelihood Anisimov would be traded: probably right around 50/50.

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Cody Franson

The defenseman will be a free agent at the end of the season and is on a cheap one-year, $1 million contract. He has one goal and six assists in 21 games this season and holds a minus-2 rating.

Maybe most appealing with Franson this year are his possession numbers. Franson has a 59.5 percent Corsi-for mark and an 8.6 percent relative Corsi. Believe it or not, those are the best possession numbers among all the ‘Hawks defensemen.

Even though he was not highly sought after this past summer, he could be a decent rental for a competing team in need of defensive depth.

Likelihood Franson would be traded: decent, but don’t expect a strong return if he was moved.

Ryan Hartman

Hartman has seven goals and 10 assists in 35 games with the Blackhawks this season, but has been a healthy scratch and moved around all over by coach Joel Quenneville this year. It is hard to say what the ‘Hawks think of him and what his future would be in Chicago, so there is a chance general manager Stan Bowman looks to move him.

Hartman will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season, so a team could use him as a rental and then try to re-sign him or just let him walk. He would be one of the smallest possible cap hits a team could take on, so there would be appeal to a more cap-strapped contender. But there is still some doubt the ‘Hawks would want to move on from any of their young talent.

Likelihood Hartman would be traded: fairly unlikely, as the ‘Hawks need to build their youth core back up.

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