I don’t like the idea of trading away Robin Lehner at all. If the Blackhawks cannot come up with a fair deal before the trade deadline, it might be a good idea to ship him off. In fairness to Lehner, I would ship him off to a team that has a chance to win something this season.
If the Blackhawks keep losing, they’ll be out of the playoffs before the end of this poorly started road trip. Instead of praying for a change, selling Lehner could be their best move.
The Blackhawks could get a future first-round draft choice for Lehner. The keyword is FUTURE. It would be a mistake to trade for a 2020 draft choice. Let’s say Lehner gets traded to a team that is hopeful and they win the Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks would be getting the 31st choice in the draft.
If they get a 2021 or even 2022 draft choice for him, they could be getting a top 10 pick.
The Blackhawks might be getting ready to throw the towel in on the 2020 season. If they cannot turn things around for good, things will get tough for the team. They have a bright future but they really should be making the playoffs this season. They’ve played well enough for it.
If they end up missing, maybe they’ll get a bid for Alexis Lafreniere. That wouldn’t be the worse thing in the world. Still, I’d rather win a Stanley Cup or two before Kane and Toews retire. Please stop wasting the prime of their careers for nothing.