Dominik Kubalik is in a contract year and depending on how this year goes is going to be asking for a substantial pay raise. I am sure the team is going to be willing to pay that raise, but if the past handful of games has changed how the organization views the franchise and the direction it is heading maybe trading Kubalik would net the best return at this time.
Kubalik is a great forward that can score goals and create offense. Since joining the team he has played top-six minutes, and he is still relatively young at just 26. The Blackhawks winger is currently making 3.7 million on a contract he signed two years ago.
That deal will be done at the end of the season, which means he is going to be asking for a pay raise now entering the prime of his career. In a contract year, the worst thing to say about the player from a management perspective is something along the lines of he leads the team in goals, and that is exactly the case with Kubalik. Kubalik has three goals so far a team-leading, and while the team has not been great he has done his best to make them as competitive as possible every time he is on the ice.
Every team in the league would call about Kubalik at the deadline if Chicago was offering him around. The forward is on a good contract and can be a great addition to the middle six for any number of contending teams. If the Blackhawks are out of it looking to reacquire some assets, Kubalik needs to be available.