Five Chicago Blackhawks that could be traded by the trade deadline

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2. Connor Murphy

Connor Murphy has a lot to offer to a team. He has size and uses it on the ice sometimes. He is great defensively and his contract is only at 3.85 million for the next two years. If the Blackhawks deal Murphy at the deadline it would not be a rental piece, it would be a capable player added to a roster for the future.

Murphy is only 27 and he has a lot of hockey ahead of him. While I wouldn’t mind seeing him in Chicago in the future, I do not think that Bowman and company are going to commit to him long term at the conclusion of his contract.

The Blackhawks want to focus on their young players. Trading Murphy would allow the Blackhawks to give bigger roles to Boqvist and Mitchell. While also maybe giving another player from Rockford a shot with this team.

3. Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is an interesting case with the Blackhawks. First, let me say that I hope he is alright and is healthy after battling some concussions this past season. Assuming Shaw comes back and manages to play throughout the year with the team, Shaw could be a great asset the team could deal at the deadline.

While I do not think the Blackhawks are ever going to find a partner in a trade for Shaw thanks to his contract at 3.9 million a year for the next two years. If the ‘Hawks manage to hold two million on his contract they might be able to get a deal done.

Shaw is a great person and has always been an electric player in Chicago. If he comes back and is playing like himself then maybe the ‘Hawks can get a second-round pick back for Shaw assuming they retain some of his contract in the trade. However, even at 1.9 or 2 million, I do not know whether or not a team would bite at Shaw due to his injury history.