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Chicago Blackhawks’ Potential Players Who Could Be Traded Soon

By Tim Martens
EDMONTON, AB - DECEMBER 29: Patrick Kane
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Vinnie Hinostroza

Since being called up, Hinostroza has a goal and two assists in the eight games he has played and holds a plus-3 rating on the ice. The thought of trading Hinostroza would be similar to Hartman as the ‘Hawks may not believe he is part of their future and he would be cheap for another team.

Again, it is still unlikely the ‘Hawks are going to trade away much of their young talent, especially in sell mode. Hinostroza (or Hartman for that matter) would be a name you would probably see traded if the ‘Hawks were buyers and needed a piece to get a bigger name to Chicago. In this scenario where the ‘Hawks are selling for the future, Vinnie likely stays.

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Likelihood Hinostroza would be traded: not very good unless the ‘Hawks are actually buyers.

Michal Kempny

There are still many experts and fans out there who really believe Kempny could be a pretty good defenseman (myself included). But it does not seem like Quenneville is as much of a believer.

While Kempny has had a goal and three assists with a 53.5 percent Corsi-for rating, he has only seen the ice in 18 of the 38 ‘Hawks games this season. Set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year and seeing less than half of the team’s games this year, Kempny seems like a pretty good candidate to be a trade piece if another team is looking to add defensive depth.

Likelihood Kempny would be traded: pretty good

Richard Panik

Once a staple as a top-line forward, Panik has been bouncing all around the lineup of late and was even scratched for a few games. It is unclear if another team in the league would be excited about acquiring a forward who is currently on a 25-game goal drought, but if Panik showed a little life in the coming weeks, there could be an interested party.

Panik has one year left on his contract after this season at $2.8 million. While that may turn away some potential buyers, a contender could take a shot on Panik for some forward depth and use him as a third-line right winger. If the ‘Hawks are truly out of contention, Panik would be a smart piece to move on from, especially if you could get some draft picks in return.

Likelihood Panik would be traded: better than most players on this list.

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