Earlier this week, Anaheim GM Bob Murray effectively put his entire roster on the trade market with comments he made to LA Times reporter Helene Elliott (except Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu).
While that instantly made most Blackhawks fans start wondering what it would take to get Bobby Ryan or Ryan Getzlaf to Chicago, there’s another player in Anaheim that should be on Stan Bowman’s shopping list.
Veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin would be an ideal addition the this Blackhawks roster.
Beauchemin, 31, is averaging over 26 minutes of ice time per game through 38 games this season, but has put up only 11 points (four goals, seven assists). He has, however, blocked a Ducks-leading 84 shots and has been credited with 78 hits already this year, and is averaging an NHL-high 4:53 on ice per game short-handed.
Beauchemin has a $3.8M cap hit on a deal that ends this coming summer.
Bowman is looking to add a player that could be a top-four defenseman to the Hawks’ roster and, obviously, would like to improve the team’s special teams play. Bringing in a penalty killing ace like Beauchemin would certainly be a difference maker for the Hawks. And Chicago has the cap space to fit Beauchemin.
There would be two potential hang-ups with any deal the Hawks would consider for Beauchemin.
First, he has a modified no-trade clause on his contract. According to CapGeek, his contract allows him to submit a list of 12 teams to the Ducks front office each June to whom he would accept a trade. There is a chance that the Blackhawks aren’t on that list.
Secondly, Murray has been clear that he isn’t looking to rebuild. So the Hawks would have to move pieces off their NHL roster, or players out of Rockford that appear to be NHL-ready, in a move to bring Beauchemin to Chicago.
If Beauchemin would accept a deal to the Blackhawks, and Murray would take a package of players from Chicago that wouldn’t dramatically impact the core of the roster this season or moving forward, he has to be a name in Anaheim that Bowman would consider dealing for before the deadline.