3 Bad Contracts the Chicago Blackhawks Could Take On at the Deadline To Get More Draft Picks

Taking on some of these bad deals is a way to offset not having many players to move at the trade deadline.

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Ryan McDonagh

Bleacher Report's Adam Gretz suggested McDonagh to the Blackhawks. The Nashville Predators do not have salary cap problems as they are well under the cap.

At the same, the Preds are trying to keep problematic deals off their books. They have traded or bought out Ryan Johansen, Matt Duchene, and Mikael Granlund. They still have McDonagh's $6.75 million AAV on the books through 2026.

That might be a little bit longer of a commitment that Davidson wants to take on, especially for a defenseman who will be 35 in June. At the same time, he would add leadership to the locker room as he is one of the Predators' alternate captains. We know Davidson values character guys to help groom the next generation of Blackhawks stars.

His 16 assists this season for Nashville would lead the Hawks' blue line. He would enter the locker room with two Stanley Cup rings. The Hawks' defensive unit could use another veteran tutor to help Korchinski, Alex Vlasic, and eventually Ethan Del Mastro along.

The Predators have three second-round picks in this year's draft and two third rounders. Although to take on two-and-half years, Davidson might demand more, so this could be something revisited in the summer. McDonagh does have a no-trade clause so he would have to approve the trade.