In the last three weeks, the Blackhawks have made a couple very subtle moves that certainly look like the team is loading up the blueline in Rockford for a bigger move.
Nick Boynton was acquired from Anaheim on Tuesday afternoon for future considerations. Boynton, 31, has played in 42 games this year and has seven points (one goal, six assists) and 59 penalty minutes while skating just 16:45 per night.
In a minor league deal, the Blackhawks acquired a familiar face, Danny Richmond, as well as young goalie Hannu Toivonen from St. Louis for goalie Joe Fallon. Richmond had played in Chicago between 2005-08.
Jassen Cullimore was added before the roster freeze as well.
Why all the defensemen?
A name to watch as the trade deadline approaches is Simon Danis-Pepin. Danis-Pepin, who will turn 22 in early April, was the top defensive prospect in the Hawks organization until the arrivals of Dylan Olsen and Nick Leddy, and the development of Shawn LaLonde. Danis-Pepin is a large human being (6’7, 205), which might make him attractive to Eastern Conference teams.
The trade deadline is at 2:00 pm CST on Wednesday.