One pending free agent the Blackhawks can steal from their Central Division rivals this summer

The Chicago Blackhawks shouldn’t be too active in free agency this summer, but there is talent from the Central Division they can sign if they’re willing.

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Brandon Duhaime, Forward/Colorado Avalanche

Brandon Duhaime wouldn’t add much intrigue on the scoring front, but he doesn’t need to record goals or even helpers to make his presence felt in Chicago or wherever he ends up playing. This season, it’s been in Minnesota and, more recently, with the Colorado Avalanche, where he’s continued his role as a lower-liner with the hopes of adding a Stanley Cup to his list of accomplishments. 

Still just 26, Duhaime would also fit well into the Blackhawks lineup, and he’s one of a few players on this list Kyle Davidson could justify keeping around for more than a season or two. 

Hardly anyone in the league would add such an edge to the team, and he could even take on a role similar to what we have seen from Cal Clutterbuck of the New York Islanders - a player who is completely fine with providing a spark for his team while logging between 10 and 12 minutes of ice time. 

Despite his role as a defense-first forward willing to finish checks on opponents, don’t think Duhaime wouldn’t be a puck mover. While Colorado is deep among their forward lines, Duhaime is showing some of his ability offensively with a 52.6 Corsi For at 5-on-5 despite only 41.5 percent of his starts coming in the offensive zone.