3 Teams The Blackhawks Should Call To Talk Trade

As we patiently wait for the Blackhawks to return from nearly two weeks off, we’ve started looking ahead to the NHL trade deadline options of the Hawks. Earlier this week we discussed what the Blackhawks should do before the deadline. If the Blackhawks look to sell, or make hockey trades to help both now and in the future, what are the teams they might speak with between now and Feb. 24?

Let’s look at three Eastern Conference teams that might line up for a potential deal with the Hawks in the coming weeks.

Toronto

Current deadline cap space: $2,897,850
2020 draft picks: 10 (no first rounder)

The Leafs have been dealing with a blue line that’s been missing Jake Muzzin and, more significantly, Morgan Reilly. Reilly is out long-term so Toronto is hunting for a defenseman who can help bolster the team as they try to get into the playoffs.

Toronto is looking at an upcoming summer in which they need to consider the futures of three UFAs on their blue line: Ceci, Muzzin, Cody Ceci and Tyson Barrie. Both Muzzin ($4M) and Barrie ($2.75) could be looking at fairly significant raises on their individual cap hits. On New Year’s Eve the Leafs gave former Blackhawks draft pick Justin Holl a three-year extension with a $2M AAV. Reilly has two years left after the 2019-20 season with a $5M AAV.

One player who the Leafs are reportedly looking to unload is Ceci. The 26-year-old has a $4.5M cap hit this season and is averaging more than 20 minutes per night on the Leafs blue line.

A potential fit for Toronto could be either Erik Gustafsson or Olli Maatta. Maatta has a $4,083,333 AAV for two more years after this season, which would give Toronto some stability on their blue line after this season if they have issues retaining both Muzzin and Barrie. Gustafsson would give them another puck-moving defenseman with a significantly lower cap hit ($1.2M).

Toronto has a lot of picks in the upcoming draft, but six of the ten are in the sixth and seventh rounds. So if the Blackhawks wanted to add pick(s) to their 2020 draft class, Toronto would be somewhat limited in earlier rounds.

Chicago’s lack of forward depth in the system should make them interested in Kasperi Kapanen. The 23-year-old winger has a $3.2M AAV for two more years after this one. If the Blackhawks included a center (read: David Kampf) in a deal with one of Gustafsson and/or Maatta, the Hawks and Leafs might be able to find a way to use picks to balance the equation. Toronto has been linked to Kings defenseman Alec Martinez ($4M AAV), who has one additional year remaining on his current contract.

Carolina

Current deadline cap space: $5,560,642
2020 draft picks: 9 (two first rounders)

The injury to Dougie Hamilton places increased importance on Carolina finding a suitable defenseman to help soften that blow. Carolina is also interesting because they’ve been linked to Robin Lehner in trade rumors frequently.

Of most interest to Blackhawks fans is Carolina having two picks in the first and second rounds of the 2020 NHL Draft. The Canes own Toronto’s first rounder in 2020.

Carolina has a few players they need to deal with in free agency this summer. Former Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and former Blues blue liner Joel Edmundson are both UFAs this summer, as are veteran Justin Williams (who just came back) and Erik Haula. Carolina does have four defenseman under contract beyond this season making north of $4M.

The Canes are reportedly looking for more of a defensive defenseman, which obviously means Gustafsson wouldn’t be the right name to consider. However, Maatta would would be intriguing if the Hawks and Canes were able to perform enough financial gymnastics to get the math to work.

If the Blackhawks took one of Carolina’s goaltenders back in a deal that included Lehner, the Hawks would have a veteran under contract for next year. James Reimber and Petr Mrazek aren’t going to replace what the Hawks have enjoyed this year with Lehner and Corey Crawford, but having a known commodity making either $3.125M (Mrazek) or $3.4M (Reimer) would provide some stability; both have one year left on their current deals after this season.

If Chicago brought back TvR as a rental ($2.3M) and Mrazek, they would likely need to eat some of either Maatta’s contract or Lehner to make it work for Carolina this year. However, the Blackhawks potential willingness to eat money in a deal might open the door for an improved draft pick coming back in a deal.

Florida

Current deadline cap space: $891,250
2020 draft picks: 8 (one first)

If the Hawks need to do some creative math to make a deal work with Carolina, Florida becomes a tougher sell because of their cap situation. They, too, need a defensive blue liner, which likely knocks Gustafsson (the most affordable defenseman Chicago could make available) off the list of likely fits.

Mark Pysyk, 28, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and carries a $2,733,333 cap hit. However, Florida needs to think about the futures of Mike Hoffman and Evgeni Dadonov, both of whom are also UFAs this summer. Florida, like Carolina, has an expensive blue line; Aaron Ekblad, Keith Yandle, Anton Stralman and Michael Matheson hit the cap for almost $24M combined next year.

Noel Acciari, 28, would be a nice forward for Chicago to consider. He has a $1,666,667 cap hit for two seasons after this year and has 18 goals in 46 games this year.

If the Hawks flipped Maatta for a combination of Pysyk and Acciari, Bowman might need to retain money on Maatta’s deal after this year for Dale Tallon to pull the trigger. But Acciari would be an affordable forward addition to the Hawks’ forward mix – he has won 51 percent of his faceoffs this year.

91 thoughts on “3 Teams The Blackhawks Should Call To Talk Trade

  1. Good breakdown on possible trade pertners. Be interesting to see how Bowman approaches using cap space, whether he wants to eat salary or not. Retaining salary next year creates a new set of issues to deal with, really tough call there.

    Wouldn’t rule out Caps as a landing spot for Gus, what the return would be is another story. Florida has Mackenzie Weegar due back soon off ltir, so if Stillman sent down and energency goalie returned, not sure on reason for that, that gives them what amount to a little over 5m cap space at tdl. Leafs with Reilly coming back off ltir at some point, makes cap space limited with them, agree Ceci or someone would gave to go.

    Like Acciari as bottom 6 center, loves to hit people, maybe a Kampf going back with more favourable caphit bext year too would interest them as piece there too.

  2. Definitely would like to see Carlsson and Hagel play some meaningful minutes this year.The Goalies are Stan Bowman,s elephants in the room.He can’t lose both of them for nothing.I dont think Florida would deal Accari or Dadanov.Hoffman is who they want to deal.

  3. “Hoffman is a power-play specialist making $5.87 million. He has a limited no-trade clause. Also, the forward is expected to test the market. With Florida so close to the playoffs, he is unlikely to be traded.”

  4. Hoffman isn’t going anywhere – at least that’s their hope. That’s why you target one of Accari or Dadanov.

    However, if Florida talks to Hoffman’s agent and it becomes clear he wants to test the open market vs signing an extension now (see: Lehner, Robin), they might entertain the idea of moving him. But they would likely do that for a top-six forward and they would undoubtedly want something more offensively impactful than Brandon Saad in a deal for Hoffman. So I don’t see that happening.

  5. I am not a Hoffman guy but the way the powerplay has looked combined with Debrincat,s poor play has me wishing Hoffman was 4 years younger.Hoffman and Dadanov for Debrincat and Strome would be nice.Dach into #2 Center and an improving Evan Barratt as the #3 Center.

  6. Do a quick google search on Hoffman rumors. Nothing since May of last year. I doubt he gets moved.

  7. Great article Tab! Thanks for the content while we all await Saturday..I also think Toronto should be who the Hawks focus on in regards to a trade partner..they are in a horrible cap position since they’re so top heavy at forward..next year, they could be looking at three-four defensemen who need replacing..I would offer any two of Beaudin, Gus, and Maata for KK..either way, Toronto needs to move a forward(probably two)..they need cash for their blueline..Barrie isn’t resigning for less than 5.0-5.5, neither is Muzzin given the market for dependable blueliners..Toronto needs either 1. cheap blueliners on their first contracts or 2. blueliners who are signed for a few years so they have some cap predictability..the Hawks can offer both..in return, they get a big, young forward with scoring upside at a reasonable cap hit..makes too much sense not to happen..

  8. Thanks Tab.

    The Hawks need to get the Powerplay working which will go along ways to helping us get to the playoffs. PK and Goaltending seem solid. Now, let’s see what Stan can do to get a D or a Wing/Center to fill in the gaps.

    Maybe we could get Ron Hainsey from Ott for a pick or prospect.

  9. Rusty,Take a look at the Hockey Buzz site and their main columnist Eklunds Rumor Chart.It is kind of the running joke over there.He usually puts Hoffman in every Panther rumor that comes up.You can view his chart for free.He charges for the percentage of a trade involving the rumored player and where they are going.I dont think many avail themselves of his services.He came out with the Toews and Keith for Doughty Rumor a couple months ago.Today he has the Penguins raiding the Devils Roster and a Flyer story.

  10. Would anyone want SJ Dillon and/or Thornton. Joe could be a cheap center with Saad and Kane. That might be interesting. Probably not cost a lot either. I doubt Hainsey does either.

    Could you imagine Gus with Burns and Karlsson on the back end. Lots of goals for and against but it would be interesting.

  11. Rusty just looking at potential performance bonus triggers, Kubalik looks like 20 goals a given and +/- but not others so that would be $450,000. Debrincat can only earn $132,500 so he likely will as top 6 in fwds ice time. Strome has a good shot his $850,000 A bonus but no Bs. Nylander, Dach and Boqvist looking like they might not earn any. Cap friendly showing a $562,000 bonus cushion penalty for exceeding limit i guess. So thats about 2m in potential overs to cover.

    Using current roster, not using potential trades yet, if they were to use a minimum active roster on June 30th of 12 fwds, 6D and 2G. Seabrook, Shaw, Dehaan count as normal and waiver exempt eligibiltyto move players off active roster, no going to Rfd at that point. They could come in 77.5 to 78 m caphit depending on how far they went with waivers usage. So add 2m for bonuses they would have 1.5 to 2m available to add cap plus what room any potential moves gave them. Say Lehner or Crawford would give them another 5 or 6 cap they could add and still get under season end requirements.

  12. Tim, there was a site that was called hockeybuzz hogwash. The accuracy was so bad it’s almost like they were making the rumors up. Not a reputable source in the least. How does some dude in Pennsylvania going by a pseudonym get these rumors for almost every team on a seemingly daily basis while beat writers and legitimate guys with a proven track record never report any of the”rumors”?

    He makes them up feeding rumor starved fans who don’t know any better. The individual team “writers” aren’t any better. The guy that used to write the Hawks stuff for them was based out of the Columbus area. His real business was in marketing and advertising. Anything written was pure speculation and fodder. Giving people something to read and talk about until the next game. Was anything fact based? Rarely. And if it was, it was reported by a legitimate source first. “Ecklund” was famous for stealing other people’s info on trades that were actually happening and pawning them as his own. You heard it here first!

  13. Looks like I posted this on a dying topic. Any win streak the Blackhawks have had are against teams on a slump, with injuries, and back up goalies. There is indeed a lot of parity in the league outside the very top and very bottom…and Toews is right its about peaking at the right time. Ever see the winter classic video where he talks about that while driving to the United Center….he checks in with security Introducing himself as Toes…..toes. I get it some security isn’t going to know how to pronounce it but funny for a diehard fan.
    Anyway speaking of peaking at the right time will all rookies make significant growth going forward this year and ….in the playoffs? Due to sheer number of rookies on this team yes I expect the team to be better at the end of the season than October.
    So what are some things to consider?
    Get a rough estimate of the Seattle draft…which defenseman is exposed, is Strome? Seattle draft alone may be reason alone to see what the trade market is for Strome.
    What about Saad? Gonna not sign him to avoid the draft then sign him? What if Saad doesnt want to resign or the Blackhawks cant afford him or Saad wants to much. Try figure it out now. If the return is a rookie who is still growing with a high ceiling I say do it.

    As far as trading goes…any pick after the 2nd round so third and up you can expect to wait three plus years from now to even make the roster let alone make an impact four or five away…which plays into my player over pick logic. So many things can happen I three years including injuries. Toews and Kane deserve help now. The depth is the problem here. Seabrook contract whatever it’s off the books this second and I hope he comes back better than he was. Every team has a bad contract.

    Any pick they get should be used to get hot prospect if possible……not another markov dano or what’s his face from the islanders that never saw the light of day. Someone who is in minors or juniors that a team just isn’t ready to play due to logjam or contractual availability.
    This is where moving Gus or Saad comes into play. Target a team going for the cup and snag a legit rookie or prospect if you can…someone not eligible for Seatle draft.

    Get players who are not Seattle draft eligible who will make an impact. Trade high end picks if needed. Get this team sorted out with players who can play now or next year.
    Reminder…by the time a third round pick plus plays toews and kane keith Seabrook will be off the books. anyway get them help now or someone who you really anticipate will play next year or can come in as a rookie this year. Start working on the Seattle draft and get prospects that can help now or next year.
    The goalie situation. Ideally they both come back. Realistically not. Rumor is Crow wants to be definitive starter? Love Crow. I do. However I see the last three seasons, not his fault, hes not a definitive starter right now. and to be fair some of Lehners success can be attributed to Crow. But if one or both will not sign…the sooner you figure this out the better.
    Bottom line either goalie moved needs to come with extremely nice conditional picks….most important player on the ice.. .I’m talking first round pick three years from now for a cup final appearance good conditional

  14. The other day Brendan Gallagher gave an interview on his concussion symptoms and getting back on the ice. He made reference of Andrew Shaw taking the rest of this season to get healthy and come back next year. Don’t know of that being said anywhere else though.

  15. https://www.yorktonthisweek.com/sports/local-sports/no-credibility-no-problem-for-eklund-1.1496914

    Bottom line, don’t use hockeybuzz as a source.

    Ian, I saw that on theathletic about Shaw as well. Scott powers just reported Shaw still has symptoms. Tough but predictable break for the guy playing the way he does. He needs to make the right choice for he and his family. Not sure if he’s had his second child but I thought they were close to having baby number 2. Perhaps that pushes him in a direction.

  16. Honest Guy the dedense look pretty good for expansion draft. Boqvist and Beaudin are exempt, Keith and Seabrook require automatic protection or agree to waive it. One of Murphy, Dehaan could be protected without them doing that if they go the 7 fwd 3d 1g route, which seems likely. Others if still around like Maatta, Koekkoek and young D that played in Rfd last season are eligible too.

    Obviously if Lehner signed long term he would be goalie, if not that option wide open.

    Kane and Toews require automatic protection and Dach abd Kubalik exempt, rest of forwards on Nhl roster elligible, 1st year fwds in Rfd exempt.

  17. Slayer, you say Muzzin and Barrie are ufas this summer. Both are really good Defensemen. We were talking about adding a top pair Dwefensemen this summer in Pie or Krug. Could we get Muzzin or Barrie for less then Pie or Krug and would that be good to do.

  18. Voynov likely be a big distraction too for team and not a positive for dressing room, i wouldn’t be in favor.

  19. Wouldnt that be interesting, in a 2 yrs-when were a top team again, COL ends up with Kadri and Byram. CHI ends up with Dach and Barrie.

  20. Shaw and his wife did have 2nd baby, saw pics on twitter. Hate to go there but could see the next couple of seasons being similar to what Leafs have done last couple of seasons and run with maybe Shaw and Seabrook on Ltir and build roster around that. Rather than trade away prospects to move them. If on Ltir Seabrook would not require protected for expansion draft either, just a thought.

  21. For this deadline I am with ER we have to trade 56 and though it makes sense, even though were going for it, to trade anybody else we can of those kind-situation players, 56 15 65 50 6. We prob pnly trade 56 and maybe one of the goalies. We should also add a player or take on a caphit so we can get a young waver-for free.

    Even though were right there for 678 seed we do not have a roster to beat two of the top 5 teams in league, yet. Even of we were 7 seed and beat the west coast teams, we then prob get beat bad by COL/STL. Were just not ready yet, though we are closer then most think.

    2 yrs were a top 10 team again, and coming on.

    Add to the young wave, by taking on a caphit with a young waver attached.

  22. Actually we donot Have to have a right hand shot for top pair Defensemen.

    Right-5 27 Mitch
    Left- 2 44

  23. Ian, thats what I have thought for awhile on the ltir players. It sort of works itself out, for the good.

  24. Mo wasn’t meaning to load up for this year only, would like the young guys to get a taste of playoffs, but not expecting a deep run but a hot goalie can make things happen in playoffs though. Agree aquire players that can be a piece or a few years. That said if they roll through next 3 games and the west canada trip looking like solid playoff team, going to be hard to part with any key pieces on current roster too.

  25. I am not thinking this yr, as well. Just using it to get the players we need, when we can. Getting guys that will stay longer, whenever we can-deadline draft summer.

    For those Defensemen I am thinking ufa in summer. Those two are really good and might not need crazy caphits like Pie and Krug will.

    Still think we can trade 56, even if we got 7-2-1 in a stretch coming up, as long we add as well. Thats what I want trades and add.

    I mean if players are worth more then picks, then who cares about a 4th or 5th.

  26. I would seriously doubt that we will ever see Seabrook or Shaw play again.Dehaan probably not or next January at best.There will be some room to make some improvements to this team.You know they are not dropping 12 million on their goalies again.Maata to Toronto maybe.Saad will be here.Bridge Strome and grab a top 4 d man.If Mitchell and Barratt are as advertised that would solve alot.

  27. I expect Dehaan to come back and try to play next year, hopefully it works for him. If he doesn’t stay healthy his caphit would allow tdl pickup to replace him if they wanted too.

  28. Strome for RNH in the summer?

    Go with

    2-27
    Carlsson-5
    6-Mitchell

    Gustafson for Bracco? I like Julien Gauthier from Carolina better? There’s your size Tim.

  29. Isn’t the knock on Barratt that he isn’t an NHL caliber skater? And isn’t the same knock on Entwistle? The only forward in the pipeline that has a chance to have more than a cup coffee or two on an NHL roster is Kurashev and he’s probably at least 1 year away. Sikura can skate and plays a solid all around game but the handwriting is on the wall that if he’s going to have an NHL career it will be with another team. Nordgren is another one that isn’t a good skater and Jake Wise can’t stay healthy and even when he plays he isn’t productive so I wouldn’t project good things for him either.

    The Hawks are in better shape with d-men with Mitchell probably good enough to earn an NHL roster spot and Beaudin very promising except he’s another one that is at least 1 year away. A couple other guys may have a shot – Vlassic, Regula and Carlsson.

    Stan needs to offload a couple players and get some forward prospects in return – if not a guy already playing on an NHL roster like Kapanen.

  30. Well said ERaptor! Hawks have way too many dmen. Trading Perlini for another dman when we have no forward prospects in Rockford is another head scratcher. But that is Bowman, clueless!
    Still don’t understrand the Saarela trade , an AHL all star, trade for another dman ? What was the reason for that? There are only 6 spots available on defence compared to 12 up front. What does he not understand? I agree I think the most upside is with Kurashev because of his hockey IQ and skating ability. Still Smallish though but way better than Sikura.
    You know Saarela’s brother will not sign with the HAWKS either. See HAYES brothers!
    Everything Stan does is one step foreward, 2 steps back.
    BARRATT, ENTWHISTLE, STROME are not great skaters!

  31. 2020 like the Dillion Thornton. This way Thornton stops beating up Toews (unless he goes Keith on him) and Dillion adds some edge to the team.

  32. Rusty,Absolutely right on the size.Like to see us do the pushing and take control of a game.Clear our defensive net front and slot area out, sprinkled with a little puck control! With you on Dehaan also.This is shoulder surgery #5 for him in the last 3 and half years.I just dont see him back until next January if at all.There was a lengthy article by Ben Pope on Barratt,s improved skating after rehabbing in the summer.He is drawing impressive reviews from opposing coaches.He actually worked on his skating.A novel concept that Strome can maybe latch onto.

  33. Am I the only person who expects Seabrook to return. Maybe in better form than earlier this year?
    Why are people suggesting targeting players who will be Seartle draft eligible. I’m a player over pick kinda guy but in this case I’ll say take the pick…and if possible use the pick for a good prospect. How did perjuvi do in Europe?

  34. Don’t forget that Powers reported that Shalanov’s KHL contract expires after this season and he could sign with Hawks for next year – interesting possibility

    I’d prefer Johnsson to Kapanen from TOR but would take either in a good trade

    Tab – I think Lehner and Maatta in a deal would get more than TVR (rental) and Mrazek in a trade? CAR would be getting the better D and the better G

    If Stan is going to deal Lehner the return has to be significant – I know he’s a rental but he put bring a good team like CAR into true contender status

  35. I also expect Seabs to return although would prefer if they could just LTIR him until his contract expires

  36. Why on earth do people want tvr. He cost the Blackhawk the series against the Blues and I always hated his smiling post game interviews. Hasn’t he been a healthy scratch this season and well? How about tvr and a third round pick for a Blackhawks seventh round pick. That sounds fair

  37. Honest Guy right now with Dach and Kubalik exempt, and 19, 88 automatic because of nmc, plus say Debrincat abd Strome who else would you want in the 7 protected fwd spots. Saad a ufa may not need if they wait and resign him after draft. The opportunity to take a good forward or 2 from teams who are at risk to losing a good player for nothing in expansion draft is what they should be looking at, to me.

  38. Shalunov is dead to me. His numbers are meh at best. Compare favorably to Viktor Tikhonov and his 6 points in 50 NHL games after coming back over. I’m tired of Powers writing his name. Why not go after Mikhail Grigorenko who has put up 10 more points in 7 fewer games. That’s said tongue in cheek as I don’t think he adds anything either.

    Pool party would have to be eligible for Seattle. He’s intriguing but he’s not even the leading scorer on his team and Holland’s ask has reportedly been steep.

  39. I think its funny, that some people wanted Crow to retire- oh donot want him to get hurt again and some people were routing for him to get back to 100% health and play again-like he did/as was still top 10 goalie-even if he looks a little off/for him. Then when its Seabs or Shaw, those people want them to come back and not retire.

    Thats just funny. Whats best for the team is for Crow to come back like he did and for 7 and 65 to retire. Crow was younger and still that good, I know 65 is younger, and these guys are older and not as good as they were. Funny.

    Its like people personal vendettas. There something wrong with the people who wanted 50 to retire and want 7 and 65 to come back. That is backwards.

  40. We should be taking player away from top 10 teams, like we had done to us last draft. Return to the mean?

    Having Shalunov could be a trade asset?

  41. I think the fact this is last year for Shalunov to sign an elc is probably fueling the speculation he might come over. The chances Edjsell, having a decent year in Shl, being given another shot this sumner would be more than Shalunov at this point, i would think.

  42. Shalunov is 7th on CSKA in scoring tied with Jiri Sekac (remember him)? For reference Linden Vey is second. I think Shalunov, who is now 27, is likely all fizz, no gin in the tradition of Mikhail Yakubov and Pavel Vorobiev.

    Totally agree on a big NO to Voynov. We don’t need that punk.

    Let’s get Kube signed before too much longer.

  43. Interesting lineup putting Strome on wing and Dach centering Kane and Saad. And 22 back on the 4th line where he I hope they’ve wanted him all along.

    I think I like it.

  44. Hurricanes GM Don Waddell on Dougie Hamilton and the trade deadline

    “Waddell told NHL.com that he was already in the market for a defenseman prior to Hamilton’s injury, but that the Hamilton’s absence has probably changed the type of player they are looking for. Instead of looking for a more defensive-minded player, Waddell said they are more open-minded on that.”

  45. @Morrison,

    Pie, Krug, and Barrie are each going to get into that 6.5-7 mil range on their new deals.. more for Pie since he’s coming off a 6.5 mil a year deal..Barrie is technically already 5.5 against the cap, his former team is just retaining 50 percent..and Krug is at 5.25 currently so not far behind..I think each of the three is more expensive than the Hawks can afford..that said, I think the Hawks are hoping to develop their own ”Barrie” or ”Krug” with Boqvist and to a lesser extent, Mitchell..which I’m fine with given their cap restraints..so my choice for how the Hawks are currently constructed would be Muzzin..reliable defensively, could pair him on the left w Murphy..a legitimate top four guy.. then Boqvist and Mitchell could be on different pairings but start in the o zone more often..but again, until Stan figures out who’s staying on the roster and how much cap space he’ll have, the Hawks aren’t adding anyone..I hope Stan is liberal in using his buyouts..lots of cap space to be freed up for players that aren’t going to contribute long term to this team..Smith and DeHaan, no need to raise your hands..lol..

  46. Hull, there you go. 22 is not with 88 anymore.

    Slayer, yea man I think we could add D/keep a goalie at 6-8m with keeping not both goalies and cap goes up. Obv theres other players, though I am moving certain guys like 15 65 6 other to make it fit. To me its more important to keep the better guys and add thpse kind. If there isint two to tango then fine.

    I we can grab Muzzin for closer to 5m, then I would trade any of those 4 m players we got htis summer.

  47. Rusty, thats more serious lines there. The sch is why we were so shitty first 10 games, though those lines there would have been better during the games 0-20.

  48. Hull still lamenting trading Perlini. His stats: GP: 27 G: 0 A: 2 -13. A bag of pucks would have been a steal.

    Hawks traded Hartman for 27th pick who became Beaudin. Too soon to know if Beaudin will ever make the team, but Hartman’s 13 pts shouldn’t make you regret this trade. GP: 50 G: 6 A: 7 +3 TOI: 12:29. May be decent defensively.

  49. Looking at schedule, after Feb. 15th game in Calgary, the Blackhawks have 23 games left. They play no more in pacific or mountain time zones, 7 in eastern time zone ( 2 at end of Feb,in Florida & 2 to end season in Big apple). 4 road division games and 12 home games.

  50. Carolina now looking for an defenseman with some offense to his game. Gus would be a great fit and they have extra draft picks in the early rounds.

  51. Not always, usually though a better gauge of top good bottom tier/10 teams is GF GA not record. We are by far anywhere near the bottom 5/10 in GFGA, which means were not a bottom 10 team, were a midtier team-middle 10 team in that 6-10 seed are kind of team, as of know-with our probems and having this many young guys-upside and more young wavers coming.

    Bottom 5 teams
    DET -1000, really -92
    NJ -47
    SJ -38
    OTT -33
    LA -34
    ANA -29
    BUF -12
    CAL -12
    MIN -10
    WIN -9

    Were 11th worst at -6, so point is we are no where near bottom 10 team.

  52. Just make sure we add to the trade so we get a 2nd pick. Add players/prospects we are not keeping long term. Make sure we get a higher pick 3rd or higher do not want.

    They want 56 amke them take a prospect along with tghat and get that 2nd pick.

  53. Mo in shots against and odd man rushes against, i believe the Blackhawks still worst in league in those 2 categories, a big reason for their Jekyll and Hyde type season.

  54. Just imagine if we were mid-tier/10 for that. We would be the 6 seed in conference, lock. Maybe thats next yr then.

  55. We deferentially need to make a trade, hockey trade, to improve roster-for coming yrs. We have the assets, use them.

  56. Rusty Why hasn’t Gauthier been given a shot in Carolina?I didn’t think they were that deep at forward.He has a couple years in the Ahl already.With his size and skill I would have thought he would have grabbed a spot.

  57. Coyotes are in final wildcard spot, 4 pts up on Blackhawks, who have 2 games on hand. A win tonite and its 2 back of final wildcard spot with 2 games on hand, who woulda thought. Preds can factor in there too, playing Vgk tonite, Preds 3 pts back of Coyotes and 3 games on hand on them.

  58. Nice article today by Ben Pope on Ian Mitchell. Should end all the discussion on whether he will sign. Looks like he will definitely join the team for the last three games if Denver doesn’t make the Frozen Four, otherwise will sign right after that.

  59. Interesting piece of info that Elliotte Friedman noted recently on the size of prospects.

    “One NHL amateur scout sent some interesting information about the CHL top prospects’ game, held last week in Hamilton. At the 2017 event, the average forward was six-foot-one-and-a-half, 192 pounds. Now the average forward is five-foot-11, 182 pounds. For defencemen, we’ve gone from six-foot-two-and-a-half, 198 pounds, to six-feet-and-a-half-inch, 184 pounds. Meanwhile, the goalies are basically the same: six-foot-three, 197 pounds. Think about it: the goalies are three inches taller and 15 pounds heavier than everyone else.”

  60. Thats because they donot move as much.

    Theres only so many Cal Ripkens in the world. League then went smaller.

  61. Partly why Gauthier hasn’t been given too much time with the big club is the fact Carolina has a pretty good too 6. Gauthier’s defense is suspect. He will throw his body around, but defense is not his forte. On the bottom 6 you like to have guys more defensively sound.

    One thing that always stands out with prospects is the goals to assist ratio. Very rarely do you see a large favorability to goals to assists and when you do it’s likely those numbers aren’t sustainable. See Pirri, Perlini, Duclair, and possibly Kubalik. Those goal numbers are usually kind of flukey. It tells me his playmaking is somewhat limited.

    Waddell was looking for a defensive defenseman prior to the Hamilton injury. So my guess is that’s what they want as a whole. Better team defense and they aren’t going to get that from Gauthier

  62. It’s tried and true in hockey and alot of sports. Offense puts fans in seats, defense wins championships.

  63. “Sheldon Keefe expected to update following the game. ”

    That doesn’t sound like trade speak.

  64. The no call on high stick to 88 face and trip on 77, then they score right after that changed/let them back in the game. They have no right to be tied 2-2, should be 2-0 or 2-1.

    I guessing they didnt call that high stick penalty or the trip penalty is because we were up 2-0 and they already called more penaltys against ARI. Garbage.

  65. They dont have a problem calling penaltys against us.

    Of course after they tie 2-2 then they call one against them.

    Be nice if refs wernt human, and just called every penalty there is, no matter the score or how many one team has already.

  66. That was a good 2-0 or 2-1 win in regulation. Have to call those penaltys regardless of whos ahead.

    Coach knew it would be a tie game before it started, and had Crow in net for SO. Although with 19 88 shootout goal moves, it might not have mattered.

  67. Just play the kids, Kirby Dach needs more playing time. Defence is adequate. Better PP and balanced lines will allow the Hawks to get to round 2. Trading Gustafson would be a huge mistake. Any trades will have to consider the long term given the Seattle draft coming.

  68. Acciari is the only asset mentioned that seems appealing. Why get rid of Maata so soon? With de Haan out, he leads the team in plus/minus.

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