We did it, we finally reached the trade deadline. It’s felt like such a long season, though there’s still another 19 games for the Blackhawks.
I thought I’d share my thoughts before the 3 pm EST deadline tomorrow, because I have a few of them, though not 32 like Elliotte Friedman.
Kyle Davidson still has Calvin De Haan, Ryan Carpenter, Dominik Kubalik, and most intriguing of all, Marc-Andre Fleury, as trade assets before tomorrow afternoon.
Minnesota reportedly has interest in Fleury and he might even waive there as there’s some familiarity with Wild GM Bill Guerin. Guerin said he does not want to trade his first round pick, though after acquiring a second round pick from Arizona for Jack McBain, Minnesota now has two seconds. I wonder if they’d give up those two seconds and goalie Kaapo Kahkonen as part of a deal for Marc-Andre Fleury. Zero sources, just wondering out loud.
Calvin De Haan has to get traded. The market for defensemen has been absurd this deadline. Any team contending could pick him up and you’d have to think Chicago would retain half of his salary, especially if they get a second round pick. You’d have to think Ryan Carpenter will probably get a mid round pick, such as a fourth or fifth. As for Dominik Kubalik, I have zero idea of what’ll happen with him. Again, zero sources, just wondering out loud.
Last thought, I wonder if we see Chicago make a trade as a third team retaining salary to get a late round pick. We saw San Jose do it two times last year as part of the Mattias Janmark trade and Nick Foligno trade. They got a fifth and a fourth for the respective trades. The Blackhawks have a little over 6.1 million dollars for the deadline, according to CapFriendly.
Some notes from today’s game against Winnipeg, it sucked seeing Fleury getting visibly frustrated by the end of the second period. He probably has so much going though his head right now. Not too many positives to take away from that game, though it was cool seeing Taylor Raddysh get a goal and an assist in his second game as a Blackhawk.