If the Chicago Blackhawks find themselves out of the playoff race, these players could be traded.
The Chicago Blackhawks have had a rough go of things this season. Even though the team has captured 5 out of a possible 6 points in the past 3 games, the play has been iffy.
The Blackhawks, although good on paper, have been anything but good this season. There is a real possibility that the ‘Hawks fail to turn this around and miss the playoffs for the third consecutive year.
Eventually, Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough are going to be caught in a pickle, if the team they deemed “playoff caliber” last year, after the firing of Joel Quenneville, fails to make the playoffs again. McDonough and company seized control of the Blackhawks in the middle of a retool after firing Joel Quenneville. Well, fast forward one year and the team still seems to be in the same position.
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Maybe, Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough will admit they were wrong and rebuild this team as best they can. If that happens, a rebuild would start by hopefully letting go of GM Stan Bowman. Bowman is to blame for the current state of the Chicago Blackhawks in my opinion.
A team that was at the top of the Western Conference in 2017 and fell to a talented Nashville team in the playoffs did not deserve to lose two of their best players in Niklas Hjalmarsson and Artemi Panarin that summer. Bowman’s biggest mistake was the moves he made in 2017 and Chicago is still paying the price today, after having not made the playoffs the two years following the big trades.
Enough on Stan Bowman’s mistakes. Should the Blackhawks decide to rebuild this team at some point this season, they are going to need to trade away some players for picks and prospects. You are never going to be able to move a Toews or Kane level contract. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the players the Blackhawks could trade at the deadline, if they are rebuilding.