Blackhawks May Still Need to Wait a Month for a Trade to Happen

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The Bo Horvat deal certainly kicked off the trade deadline season with a boom, however it may still be awhile before Blackhawks' fans get any deals reported. There are 29 days until the March 3rd trade deadline and by all accounts it is still very early.

There are some teams trying to figure out if they are buyers or sellers. Some teams dealing with injuries and what their potential LTIR situations would allow them to do (Vegas). Then there are teams like Chicago, where every other team knows they will sell any player not named Lukas Reichel, Kevin Korchinski, or Frank Nazar.

The Blackhawks will have to be patient though. There are still some very good players out there in all areas of the market. You have your cup run veterans on expiring deals like Ryan O'Reilly. An already termed Jakob Chychrun right in the middle of a great season. Then you have the "big fish" still out there: Timo Meier.

Meier is a player I would cash all my chips in on if I were a GM. He is consistent, strong, and can play in a ton of situations. He is still just 26 and just under a point per game player for one of the worst teams in hockey. Long story short, the Blackhawks are going to have to wait for these players to get dealt.

Teams in contention like the Devils, Rangers, Avalanche, Oilers, and Maple Leafs may all have interest in some of our players. Still, wouldn't it make sense they would at least kick the tires on some other more notable players first? This will take time for them to see if any parameters can or can not be met by the time they get around to calling Kyle Davidson.

There are tons of reports and speculation out there right now about Jake McCabe and Sam Lafferty. It makes me think that out of everyone on this team, it will be those 2 that are the most likely to move on. I do think though that we have a long 29 days of waiting ahead.... I hope I'm wrong.

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