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Chicago Blackhawks: Creating a team of traded players

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 21: Artemi Panarin #72 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck against the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center on March 21, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Canucks defeated the Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 21: Artemi Panarin #72 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck against the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center on March 21, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Canucks defeated the Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks
Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images) /

Defense

Niklas Hjalmarsson – Dustin Byfuglien

Niklas Hjalmarsson never should have been traded from this team. He was the heart and soul of the Chicago Blackhawks defense, even more so than Duncan Keith, and he deserved to finish his career with the Blackhawks. There was no way he was going to demand too much money. Dustin Byfuglien, on the other hand, had to be traded back in 2010 after winning the Cup, but to me, he will always be a Blackhawk.

Nick Leddy – Eric Gustafsson 

This would be a rather offensive-defensive pairing, and I bet the two would score a lot of goals together, however they might give up a decent amount as well.

Brian CampbellTrevor Daley

Brian Campbell deserves a better defensive partner than Trevor Daley, but the truth is we just did not trade away too many defensemen over the past decade. Yes, Henri Jokiharu was sad to see traded away a year ago, but that is mostly for the bad return we got with Alex Nylander. Because the Blackhawks rode four defensemen throughout most of the past decade it is hard to find that many notable defenders traded away.

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