Chicago Blackhawks’ Blockbuster Trades That Probably Won’t Happen

By Tim Martens
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18: Jonathan Toews
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It’s tough not having Chicago Blackhawks playoff hockey to get us through spring. Let’s try to make things more exciting with a look at some hypothetical (although highly unlikely) trades the Blackhawks could make this summer.

As I discussed in my last post, the Chicago Blackhawks have a pretty extended history of not doing much in free agency during the summer. For the last eight years, there really have been no major free agency signings in the summer that didn’t come with a pay-cut attached to the deal.

While we can hope that changes this summer, let’s have some fun and imagine what kinds of blockbuster trades general manager Stan Bowman could get the ‘Hawks into.

When the Artemi Panarin and Brandon Saad trade went down last summer, I remember thinking that there was no way I saw that trade coming. So I am going to try my best in coming up with a few trades that I would be stunned by if they happened.

Note: These are all extremely unlikely to occur, but you never know when it comes to Bowman’s trading habits. Not many expected Niklas Hjalmarsson and Panarin to both be traded away within minutes of each other last summer. Big trades can happen.

However, take all of these as a fun exercise in seeing what kind of crazy transactions Stan could get into.

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