2. This team needs more than just one high-end trade package.
The Blackhawks need more than just a few pieces to fill out their lineup. When they traded for Vermette in 2015 the Hawks were looking for that one missing piece in order to go on a run. For Chicago to set up a team like that they would need to make four or five trades minimum before having a lineup that could remotely be as deep as they used to be.
The Blackhawks can not trade for rentals but that does not mean they can not make any trades period. This team might be better off if they add someone that can stay with the organization for a few more years. Maybe even taking on some salary can be an option for this team.
I am not trying to say the Hawks shouldn’t make trades, rather they need to make the right trades for where they are at. Plus at the end of the day, it all would end with the same first-round matchup.
3. Any deals most likely won’t change the ending of the first-round series against a team like Tampa Bay.
Stan Bowman knows who the Hawks would be scheduled to face if they did make the playoffs. A first-round matchup against Tampa Bay (or Carolina or Florida) probably would not end in the Blackhawks’ favor.
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We have seen crazy things happen in the past like when Columbus beat the Lightning, but adding one rental piece would not make the difference for Chicago, and all it would do is hurt their future.