Let’s pretend that Bowman decides to go all in for this season and next season, and be open to making big deals before this years deadline.
He has made it very clear that Dylan Sikura is going to get a shot at some point this season, and he didn’t sign guys like Bouma or Wingels just to sit them. Being that this is the case, and there’s only 12 forward spots, we could see multiple forwards moved in a deal.
It’s interesting to wonder what a package of Hartman, Jurco, along with prospect(s) and/or pick(s) would land the ‘Hawks. If it’s enough for a legitimate center, do you do it? It all depends on the return, but I think so. Jurco shouldn’t be apart of the future plans, and of all the youngsters on the team, I think Hartman is the most expendable.
What’s more interesting to me, is how they will improve the blue line. You can’t include both Forsling and Kempny in a deal unless you feel confident enough in someone in Rockford to be your #7. But, one of those two alone in a deal plus prospect(s) and/or pick(s) might not be enough to land you the guy you’re looking for.
Regardless, whatever Stan does, he needs to do it soon. If he waits till very near the trade deadline, the price will be driven up, and he’ll end up overpaying. The Blackhawks can’t afford a repeat of the Danault trade.
After the next home stand, which consists of MIN, WPG, DET, NYI, TBL, and TOR, we should have a pretty good idea of where this team stands. The home stand ends on Jan 24th, they play in Detroit the following day, and then are off until the 30th. I totally could see Stan making his moves on the offdays of the 26th-29th, which gives him a good amount of time to assess where his team stands. It’s also important to note that the Blackhawks have Jan 15th-19th off, right in the middle of their home stand.
Don’t you love this time of year, ‘Hawks fans? So many potential scenarios. Buckle up, the direction of this team is going to be decided in the coming weeks. Don’t hesitate to comment your thoughts, I’d love to hear them!
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