After the Chicago Sun-Times reported earlier on Saturday that the Blackhawks had talked with the New York Islanders about defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald is reporting the two teams continue talking.
Sassone reports the Blackhawks are interested in center Frans Nielson, and have moved their blue line focus to Mark Streit.
Before the season began, we talked about Nielson as a potential center target. His work on special teams makes him a perfect fit for the Hawks, though his faceoff percentage (45.2)wouldn’t be much of an upgrade from Dave Bolland and Marcus Kruger.
To date, Nielson has three goals (one of which came short-handed) and 15 assists while averaging 18:06 on ice per game. He has also been credited with 21 takeaways and 37 blocked shots, and continues to average more than two minutes per night on both powerplay and penalty kill duties.
Streit would move into a primary role on the Hawks’ powerplay, and has an expiring contract after this season.