Chicago Blackhawks: Trade Deadline moves as buyers and sellers

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This one is self-explanatory. At this point, the Blackhawks would probably be two-to-five points out of a playoff spot battling with at least four or five teams from the central and pacific. With their current roster, the Blackhawks could still be a playoff team.

Regardless, a deadline that sees the Blackhawks make no moves could be the safest play. It’s going to come down to where the Blackhawks have come the 24th and how confident Stan Bowman and company are in this roster.

Ultimately, depending on the standings I would like to see the Blackhawks bring in some assets and be sellers at the deadline. There is no guarantee that Lehner comes back as he already said he would be taking no discount wherever he goes to play next, and deserving so. I think the returns for Lehner and Saad have too much potential to not make a deal.

I also believe now is a great time to get a nice return for Gustafsson while his value is still relatively high. Goaltending will only steal you so many games, especially when playing high-powered teams like Colorado. The Blackhawks are shifting to a new young core; so why not build on that?