Chicago Blackhawks and the trade deadline
With the NHL trade deadline quickly approaching do the Blackhawks need to make a move? Yes. The Hawks are currently in first place in the division right now, but they need to make a move if they want to be a true contender. The Hawks could stand pat with what they have, acquire an aging veteran, or make a splash with one of the play makers that have been made available. We will start with standing with what they have.
The hawks second line is probably the best line in hockey, captain serious and hoss on top playing with a revolving line of wingers (mostly Hinostroza and Hartman) and the third and fourth lines playing the best hockey they have all year. I could see that Hawks staying put. They also have Tyler Motte in Rockford who started the year strong until an injury slowed him down and has since become almost a point per game player in the AHL (10 points in 13 career AHL games). With those top two lines and the bottom 6 (if they continue to contribute) could make a run.
Next, you have bringing in an aging veteran. There are many upsides to going this direction. The leadership and experience a veteran brings in would be huge for younger guys and with names like Jerome Iginla, Shane Doan, and possibly Jaromir Jagr – all 20 plus goal scored last season – they could also be plugged in on the top line. This option would give Iginla and Doan a real shot at finally winning The Cup.
Lastly, bringing in a player that is a star. Some names thrown around are Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchane, Martin Hanzel, James Van Riemsdyk, and rumor has it Patrick Sharp. This option would give the Hawks another superstar for the top line with Toews and Hossa and plenty more scoring. With the way the salary cap works in the NHL, salaries prorated during the season, the Hawks could bring in someone with around a $5 million cap hit without giving up too much. They have said they want to keep the first round pick with the draft being in Chicago for the first time next year, so, it would have to be players. It would be interesting to see if Sharpy and the top line could rekindle the success they had in the past.
Would they be willing to give up a prospect and/or a big name? I think the best move they could make would be bring up Tyler Motte and give the bottom 6 some more speed and skill and pull the plug for James Van Riemsdyk, or if dallas would retain some salary Sharp. Doing this the Hawks will bring back some more speed and skill to the bottom 6 and get a good compliment to Toews and hossa. Taking on Motte’s minimal salary and JVR’s/Sharps prorated salary the Hawks would be able to bring both in without giving up an huge asset to get under the cap.