Will the Chicago Blackhawks make any moves before the deadline? Read on to find out!
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Adam L. Jahns reports Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has said he won’t hesitate to make a trade to help his team, consistently pointing out defense and center are the two problem areas he’d like to address. He won’t sacrifice the future but faces pressure for his club to make the playoffs and excel.
DAILYHERALD.COM: Tim Sassone reports if history repeats itself Bowman won’t wait until the trade deadline to make a move to help his struggling club. Bowman said he wouldn’t hesitate if the right deal presented itself over the next couple of weeks but also suggested he might have to wait until the deadline. Sassone suggested forwards Jack Skille and Viktor Stalberg along with blueliner Nick Boynton could be potential trade bait, and he noted four potential UFA blueliners who might be available include Montreal’s Roman Hamrlik, Florida’s Bryan McCabe, Carolina’s Joni Pitkanen and Ottawa’s Chris Phillips.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hampering Bowman’s trade efforts is his limited salary cap space, meaning any deal would have to be almost dollar-for-dollar at this point. Pitkanen and Hamrlik aren’t likely to be available as the Hurricanes and Canadiens are battling for playoff berths, but McCabe and Phillips could be available provided they’re willing to waive their “no-movement” clauses.