The Chicago Blackhawks have a lot of trade candidates to consider moving during the next month. The way the team has struggled indicates that this team is not ready to contend for a championship. The next right move would be to make some moves to better the team further down the line.
There are a lot of players with value on the Blackhawks roster. While the team might not be playing their best, they do have a lot of players on expiring deals that could help out an opponent. Plus for the right return the Blackhawks would be able to secure some better picks at this draft compared to where they stand right now.
The first player on the list I think is arguably the most interesting.
1. Dominik Kubalik
Kubalik can score goals in a lot of different ways. He is just a few years removed from putting up 30 goals during his rookie season and being named a finalist for the Calder Trophy. This season he has six goals and six assists through 32 games with the team.
Considering Dominik Kubalik is on an expiring deal worth 3.7 million it would make sense to move him before the deadline, especially if the team thinks he is not worth a big pay raise.
While it would be awesome if the team could trade him ahead of the deadline and then re-sign him when the offseason comes around, the frustrating thing about Kubalik is the fact that he qualifies for RFA status according to capfriendly. The Blackhawks would have to hope that whatever team he goes to decides not to qualify him, or just be prepared to say goodbye to yet another forward.
The reason I think trading Kubalik makes sense for this team is because of the fact that the Hawks are misusing him. With this team, he is a top six forward, but on another team he could be a great addition to a third line for a team looking to push for the playoffs.
Just take a look at the type of goals he has been scoring this season:
Kubalik has talent and a team looking to add one more piece to their top nine should move quickly to try and add him. Compared to a lot of other players on this list, Kubalik is the best long term move for an opponent in a trade, and he definitely brings in the best return.