Should The Chicago Blackhawks Pursue Daniel Alfredsson?

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Earlier this week, Pierre LeBrun provided a few trade possibilities in a multi-part blog post on ESPN.com. The two hot names on the trade market right now are a couple elder statesmen who desperately want to win a ring: Jarome Iginla and Daniel Alfredsson.

Unfortunately for both, their long-time employers don’t seem to be in position to make that happen for them, and this is the final year of their respective contracts. While Iginla is a name that many Hawks fans have dreamt of for a couple years, could Alfredsson be a more likely target for Stan Bowman?

With Patrick Sharp now out for the next few weeks, the Hawks might look to add a veteran forward and Alfredsson might be the guy Bowman should target.

When examining options for Alfredsson, LeBrun made things appear to be simple.

From LeBrun’s post:

“I believe [Boston GM Peter] Chiarelli would covet being reunited with Daniel Alfredsson from his Ottawa days but that’s a situation that remains to be played out with the Senators in terms of whether they hang in the playoff race — which means Alfredsson would never move — or even if they fall out of it, whether the Sens captain would even want to go anywhere…

“I think there’s only one team Alfredsson would consider if he ever goes — and that’s Boston with the tie-in to former Senators teammate Zdeno Chara and the chance to win a Cup.”

If we’re going to use personal relationships as a barometer for accepting a trade away from the only organization Aldredsson’s ever played for, the Blackhawks might have a good foundation to recruit the future Hall of Famer: Marian Hossa spent seven years with Alfredsson in Ottawa.

The end of Hossa’s time in Ottawa was somewhat dubious, but that doesn’t change the fact that he played 460 games in the regular season and another 51 postseason games with Alfredsson.

Chicago netminder Ray Emery also spent time in Ottawa between the 2002-03 and 2007-08 seasons. It was during the 2006-07 season that Emery won 33 regular season games and led the Sens to the Stanley Cup Final.

However, Hossa and Emery aren’t the only members of the Blackhawks to have spent time on a roster with the Sens captain.

Johnny Oduya was a teammate of Alfredsson’s during the 2010 Winter Olympics. And, more recently, Alfredsson shared a dressing room with Viktor Stalberg, Marcus Kruger and Niklas Hjalmarsson at the 2012 World Championships.

If we’re looking for the best odds to win the Stanley Cup, it’s hard to argue against this year’s Blackhawks. Certainly Boston, Anaheim and a couple other cities could make a good case that he could be the missing piece, but Chicago isn’t looking for a “missing” piece right now.

However, while using personal relationships and odds of winning a ring are nice decent reasons to float a trade rumor, Alfredsson would fill a role with the Blackhawks.

Looking around the Hawks’ top six forwards, there’s something most share in common: they’re left-handed shots. Alfredsson is a righty.

Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad are all lefties; Sharp and Dave Bolland had been the prominent right-handers among the top six, but Bolland has missed five games and Sharp is now injured.

Alfredsson would also help the Blackhawks’ powerplay; so far this season, he is averaging 2:55 per game with the advantage for Ottawa. If Sharp misses extended time, having another right-handed shot on that unit would become an area of need.

From the Sens perspective, Chicago would likely be the more preferred trade partner to Boston as well.

Coming from a fan of a team that once traded a captain to a hated rival when the going got tough (cough… Chelios…), it’s nearly impossible to watch a leader wear the “wrong” sweater. Even with all the injuries they’ve dealt with in Ottawa this year, perhaps the most lethal blow to that fan base would be the sight of Alfredsson with the Bruins’ logo on his chest.

But beyond the potential public relations nightmare that could be stirred up by a move to Boston, Chicago might be more willing to part ways with multiple pieces to acquire Alfredsson.

There already aren’t enough roster spots for the Hawks’ prospects in Rockford, and there will be more youngsters fighting for ice time in the fall; moving a few players the Hawks’ front office doesn’t see matriculating all the way to the United Center would make sense as the organization prepares for Phillip Danault, Mark McNeill and perhaps Garret Ross and Teuvo Teravainen to become IceHogs.

Have the Blackhawks talked to Ottawa about Alfredsson? We don’t know… but they should.

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24 Responses to Should The Chicago Blackhawks Pursue Daniel Alfredsson?

  1. Tim G says:

    The call to Ottawa should atleast be made for sure. Gotta see what the price is. We have 3.5 mil cap for this year and the hit is just under 5, so we would have a trade more than minimum contract. We would only be getting Alfredsson for one year, and after losing Karlsson and then Lundin, they could use a D-Man. Is Hjalmarsson enough straight up? A 25 year old Defenseman in his prime who is playing solid hockey for an 39 year old (but great) winger on an expiring contract? Sounds like each side has its Pro’s/Con’s but any trade that is good for both sides does. If they want more, we could offer up a 2014 pick (such as a 4th), or each side could add prospect where ours is a little better than theirs. I dont know their organizational depth so i dont have a name to throw out..

    If Monty is back and is in any type of playing shape, we have 8 Dmen. We can afford to lose one. After Sharp’s and Shaw’s injuries I dont know if i want to deal a roster forward. but beside that, Iwould want to keep Krugs-Frolik together on the PK, I feel Stalberg would be giving up too much, and OTT wouldn’t want Carcill/Bollig/Mayers. You could try to deal Bicks, but I think we would have to deal someone else too to make the cap number work and I’m not sure if they would even want an UFA who could leave for nothing.

    If I am Ottawa making up an offer, I would start with Hjalmersson and then some and see where it goes (maybe Hammer/Bicks/6th round pick). If it comes back to Hjalmersson and a low pick, its probably still good enough. I would also consider Oduya and one good prospect or 2 middle propects. You get a usable piece and you get piece for the future.

    If we do get Alf (for the argument i will use Hammer/Bicks/Pick, which is the most i would give up), i would see the lines like this…
    Alf/19/81
    20/36/88
    Hayes/65/25
    22/16/67
    2/7
    27/32
    9/17/(5)

    When Sharp comes back, he goes to the 2nd line, and the LW’s shift down. On paper it looks like its feesable, but this hinges on Monty actually being usable. If we are robbing the defence just to make up for Sharps injury, then its not worth it. We have the lead in the division… just get healthy can go from there. If Monty can play… then we have the depth to explore all this.

    Sorry for the long post. Im a sucker for trade theories…

  2. wall says:

    Tim, if any deal is done we can’t give up any D-men on roster… heck I would hate to give up Bick too (Only way that happens is that Hawks are positive they can’t sign him next year!).

    We could easily give up a 1st or 2nd round pick + Pirri/Beach + Lalonde or Stanton-
    Ottawa- will deal cuz- He is UFA, and at the end of Career!!!

    Tab, when is this year’s Trade Dead line?

  3. Mike says:

    Hate to give up Hammer at this time. I believe this year he understands his position on the team, his role and his money. It is all coming together for him this year. Monty, forget it, If I were Ott, I would not want him. I agree that Ott would want to load up on prospects. With Gonchar and Phillip being 38 and 35 on D, a couple of young D pospects plus…..might do it. DA is 40 so you are renting a player in a true sense. And I would ask, does he have the speed to be a top 6 on the Hawks?……..Other than that, I love the guy.

  4. Mike says:

    Tab, I remember when they traded Chelios…….The official reason was to give him the opportunity to win a cup. That’s crap, old management was too cheap to build a winning team. Chelios is Chicago and was a great captain. Also remember when Roenick was not tended a UFA offer from the Hawks. Glad those days are over.

  5. BigSmokeJ says:

    Wall the trade deadline is April 3rd.
    I’m all for picking up some insurance for the Sharp, because I’d be surprised if he’s back before the end of the season. So we’ll need another top 6 forward.

    But there is no way I’m giving up any of our D. We don’t even know if Monty can play and then he is still one hit away from being out again.

    The problem with this year is other then a few teams, Colu, Edm, Calg, Colo and Flor the teams are all in a position to make the playoffs. I believe it will be tough to pry away a top 6 guy even from one of those teams.

  6. Tim G says:

    Wall- For the record, I wasn’t tryin to say that we need to trade Hammer/Oduya/Bicks. I was just speculating as to what I think it would take to get Alf. If they would do a 2014 1st, Beach/Lalonde, i would LOVE that.

    The only thing is that, despite their resent skid, Ottawa is still firmly in the Eastern playoff picture. I don’t think Ottawa will sell just to sell. Like Smoke said, there will only be about 6 true “Sellers”.

    However, 2 weeks from now, Ottawa COULD easily have lost 5 of their next 7 (@NYR, Bos x2,@Mon, @NYI, @Buf, Wpg). And if either Philly, Winnipeg, or New York (islanders) make a move, then Ottawa might be more willing to sell him for a “prospects package”.

  7. McKay says:

    He’s 41 and has had a significant drop off in point production since 2010.

    Would be very curious what kind of asset we’re talking about to get a rental player.

  8. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    The quick answer is yes, to take saying from White Sox’s former GM Kenny Williams,”The only championship that you can win is this years,” and this years team can use Alfie in the lineup. Of course you don’t want to give up the entire minor league to get a player but Alfie is a good one

  9. Martin says:

    TimG – the cap hit is not $5MM. The Hawks can handle Alfredsson’s hit. Go to capgeek. They have a trade calculator. Alfredsson works for the Hawks.
    http://www.capgeek.com/trade-machine/

    I think he would look great in the Indianhead. Not saying much because a short fat guy looks good in it but I think he would be a great addition. Someone needs to remind Ottawa what Boston did for Ray Bourque. I can just see Toews handing the Cup to Alfredsson just like his hero Joe Sakic did to Bourque.

  10. EbonyRaptor says:

    First – please do not trade any the d-men (unless it’s Montador – which would be highly unlikely). Keeping our defense intact means more to winning a championship than picking up a player we don’t need. While acquiring Alfie or Iginla sounds sexy, not at the cost of anyone on the current roster. Of the two, I’d rather have Iginla because he would bring some top-6 toughness that the Hawks don’t have.

    Second, don’t both Alfie and Iginla play RW – like almost exclusively – just like Kane and Hossa. Would they play LW and if yes, would it make them less effective? They both kinda seem like square pegs to our round hole.

    Third, Ottawa just doesn’t want to go away. That team is hanging in there despite their injuries and I have to think Alfie won’t want to be traded if they’re going to make the playoffs.

    Also – I don’t think TT can play in Rockford next year due to the 20 year old age limit. He will turn 19 in September which I’m pretty sure excludes him. So, he’ll either make the Hawks roster out of training camp or play in Finland again next season.

  11. the greek says:

    This just in…Montador is done…he has absolutely no business playing on this team …can someone with more hockey smarts please tell me why he is taking up a roster spot? As far as Sharpie goes, well, it it a huge blow to the team, obviously, but provided Hossa, Shaw, Fro are back from their ailments,we should be ok…I move Stallberg up to 2nd line, plug in below,and keep on going…we do have all this quality depth to choose from, dont we? This is exactly what the depth was built to overcome. I dont think you bring in a rent-a-player on this squad, it will fuck up the chemistry, this is a VERY special group, you can see it and sense it watching them in practice and in games. Shit, even a punk like Carcillo has managed to fit in. Just man up and go with what you have here and in Rockford. JR said it best…”it’s the Chicago Blackhawks, man…”

  12. Gou says:

    Can’t upset a solid defence at this stage of the game.
    The current group has allowed the load to be spread out and off of 2 and 7.
    This will pay big dividends down the road.
    You would have to give up something from Rockford or draft choices.
    As ,mentioned earlier there is some solid talent coming to Rockford real soon.

  13. Tab Bamford says:

    to EbonyRaptor’s question re: Iginla & Alfredsson playing RW – they’re both right-handed shots, which would (in theory) make the move work.

  14. BigSmokeJ says:

    I’m all for getting either guy as long as it doesn’t take away for the current team or any major prospect. If I had to pick one I’d choose Iginla. The next two weeks should show who will be selling at the deadline.

  15. Sr. Brad says:

    Yeah, I am going to position myself on the side of caution here…sure Alfredsson could help us, but when healthy, we are undefeated without him…if Ottawa wished to deal for picks and prospects alone, I would do it…but I would NOT give the house away…as McKay said, Alfredsson is old and at the end of his career…this is NOT a must have deal for the Hawks!

    I think that a Rockford call up, like Hayes or Smith would provide ample energy, enthusiasm and scoring…Hayes and Smith have both proven this before.

  16. Sr. Brad says:

    And there is absolutely no moving Hammer…he has finally shown himself to be the DMan that this franchise always felt he could be…Alfredsson simply isn’t worth all that much at this stage of his career.

    Even if Sharp is out for 6 weeks (which I think is more likely), the Hawks will still be in first place in the West when he returns. So there is no need for panic…This team has gone 24 games without losing against the toughest schedule and the toughest teams. We don’t have to do anything…and the talent that is sitting there in Rockford is really good and available…

  17. the greek says:

    Sr. Brad…you are 100% on all counts, couldnt have said it better. I do truly feel we have enough talent here and in Rockford to be just fine, thank you. The teams chasing us can go after rent a players all they want…I dont want to give up anyone for a player that will not be here long term. We are in an incredible position right now, a position of strength, even with Sharpie out for awhile. Not too crazy about Bollig being brought back, would have preferred a Hayes or Smith to be given a shot,instead. Am sure Bollig will be involved in extra-curricular activity from the get-go….

  18. Boogknight2002 says:

    Im with Sr. Brad.

    Move from the Bottom- give Bollig his ticket out and send along some of the other guys who are bubble players in Rockford. The 6 D we have are getting the job done, dont touch Hammer.

  19. Dickie Dunn says:

    I completely agree with all who say NO to moving Hjalmarsson. In fact, I wouldn’t move any of the current d-men except Montador or Brookbank. the greek makes a good point – “Montador is done…he has absolutely no business playing on this team”. Tab – is the cap hit the reason he’s still around?

    The Big Picture – Alfredsson has been a great player, but if this *is* his last season, how much should the Hawks be willing to pay? I can understand moving a couple of guys from Rockford – there’s depth and at least a couple of good players on the way. I wouldn’t trade anyone on the current roster (they’ve been doing *pretty well*) since the goal is to win the Cup this year.

  20. wall says:

    Guys, the Playoffs aren’t in question… It’s the Cup/Playoffs we are talking about.

    And Shoulder’s are very tough to heal/ and tough to play a physical game like Hockey with a bad one…

    I still say w/ or without Sharp- I would feel a whole lot better w/ a True Power forward-PP guy – Top 6 One year rental for the cup run!!!

    Kings are Playing 100% better than first 4 weeks…
    Boston Bruins like the Kings possess a lot of skill/speed/ and SIZE!!!!
    Anaheim is for real.

  21. BigSmokeJ says:

    As I & many have stated we should not give up anyone off the current roster. As greek stated I’m sure Bollig was recalled to start a fight early in this game.

    As others have stated for all we know we have that in front of the net power forward sitting in Rockford but for some reason they keep bring up Bollig. I’m hoping at some point soon they bring up either Smith or Hayes.

  22. Tom Leonard says:

    We need a center not a wing, especially one with 5 goals. Pass.

  23. Morrison says:

    No way we trade any roster players. The caphit should fit/get Monty on waivers/try to trade/buyout…if need

    1st rd (’14) pick & as many B-level prospects. Hes a rental & UFA

    Sharp-Toews-Kane
    Alfredsson-Bolland-Hossa
    Bickell-Shaw-Stalberg
    Saad-Kruger-Frolik

    Dont touch D!

  24. William says:

    Morrison, that lineup is straight sexy.

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