Chicago Blackhawks: Trade Deadline moves as buyers and sellers

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Chicago Blackhawks, Corey Crawford
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The Chicago Blackhawks are five points out of a playoff spot with the deadline two weeks away.

With the deadline approaching, the Chicago Blackhawks will have some choices to make. A lot of it will have to do with their place in the standings come late February. Stan Bowman is typically active at the deadline. This may be one of the toughest rosters in recent years to assess though.

You would have to think Bowman is on the hot seat after not making the playoffs back-to-back seasons. Could that potentially impact his decision-making at the deadline? I have a bit of a feeling that if the Blackhawks are a wildcard team at the deadline, Bowman will make a move.

While I don’t think it will be anything major, I find it hard to believe that he won’t add to a roster that could use a player or two going into the final stretch. As of now, the Blackhawks are on the outside looking in.

Most of the rumors seem to be centralized around the goaltending duo in Chicago. There are quite a few teams that could strengthen their play between the pipes. While many Blackhawk fans want to keep Robin Lehner around long-term, he would be a great addition to a team in need of a number one goalie.

He would also give the Blackhawks a higher return compared to Corey Crawford. Lehner has also been outspoken about his future with the team after he becomes a free agent in the summer. He will likely demand a long-term deal in the six-to-seven million dollar range.

The Blackhawks will have a tough choice to make regarding their netminder next season. With that said, let us take a look at all three options for the Blackhawks at the deadline.