3. If A Trade Is Going To Happen Eventually, Might As Well Do It During The Off-Season.
Dylan Strome was an expandable forward even without Jonathan Toews and Alex Nylander in the lineup. If those two come back healthy and ready to go I do not think Strome is going to jump them in value.
Next season is probably not going to have Strome in the lineup that much. The team has so many solid options to fill up the bottom six that at this point, they do not need Strome, and they do not have a spot for him.
Similar to the Erik Gustafsson trade a few seasons ago, if they did that the off-season before they would have got something better. Obviously, Gustafsson was just coming off a career year putting up 60 points before falling off during the next season with the team, but either way trade deadline rentals are not worth as much as players that have a little extra term on their deal.
Sure, Strome is on the final year of his deal next season, but at just three million he is a steal for any team looking for that final depth piece. Maybe the Blackhawks can hold onto a little bit of his contract to make it more elusive.
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We will not know until later this summer whether or not the team is serious about shaping their team for the future. If they are though a trade involving Dylan Strome would be a wise decision.