Rutta is the third defenseman listed here and is the hardest one to pinpoint on his future with the franchise. Rutta does have three goals and 11 assists this year, but he also has a 50 percent Corsi-for mark and is a negative-5.1 percent relative Corsi.
Quenneville seems to like Rutta, but the defenseman is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and may have more worth as a trade piece. He is 27 years old and doesn’t necessarily look like the future at the ‘Hawks blue line. If a contender is looking for defensive depth, Rutta could be a player they try to add.
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Likelihood Rutta would be traded: strong, especially with his age and contract.
Many fans have been hoping that if the Blackhawks are looking to trade off pieces, they will look at moving Seabrook and his albatross of a contract that has six years remaining at $6.875 million a year. But don’t hold your breath.
Seabrook has shown his age is catching up with him quickly and appears to be a second-pairing defenseman at best right now. A team taking on six more years of contract at that high a price for a player who seems to be on a steep downward trend is very wishful thinking. And on top of all of that, Seabrook would have to approve a trade as he has a no-movement clause.
Likelihood Seabrook would be traded: about as good as me suiting up for the ‘Hawks this season.
Sharp has been a disappointment in his return to Chicago, even if his contract is incredibly affordable. With three goals and six assists in 35 games, the forward looks well past his prime and likely a player you will see retire at the end of the season.
Even if there was a contender willing to take on Sharp for forward depth and a chance he shows some life in the spring, it is very unlikely Sharp waives his no-trade clause and heads to another team.
Sharp took a pay-cut to return to Chicago this offseason because he loves the city and organization. It is really unlikely Sharp would want to head somewhere else and potentially ride the bench during a long playoff stretch away from his family.
Likelihood Sharp would be traded: very very low