I have talked at length about why the team should trade Strome before, but let me do it one more time. The Blackhawks have a number of forwards in their organization, they do not have a lot of top-level defensemen.
I mean yeah the team has Boqvist, Beaudin, Mitchell, ext. But they do not have that top-level next future pairing guy in that group. They are also missing the bigger defensive defenseman that can help block shots and dish out some hits.
If the team can find a defenseman like that out there and swap him for Dylan Strome I think that could be interesting.
Ryan Carpenter was not very noticeable this season. Yes he was a reliable forward in the lineup, but similar to Connolly, being a third or fourth-line guy on this team is not necessary. The Blackhawks need to have more spots for the future of this team, and Carpenter could be blocking that.
I do not really want to even have Kirby Dach on this list, but if the team can find a way to get an elite defenseman like Seth Jones then I think even Kirby Dach is worth the cost. With Strome, Suter, Kurashev, and Toews, Dach can be viewed as expendable for the short-term success of this team. Long-term, yeah don’t let Dach go. But if you are trying to win now then fine maybe Dach can be traded.