Blackhawks in the market for a defenseman and a veteran center
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman’s phone probably needs to be recharged three or four times a day.
With teams approaching the 50-game mark, trade talks are full-go. And Bowman is eager to enhance his 62-point team.
The Hawks have told teams what they’re seeking. A quality defenseman capable of playing on the second pairing is their top priority. The need for a veteran forward, preferably a center capable of being in the top six, is second.
With the Feb. 27 deadline looming, here are some things to consider as trade talks heat up:
Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray caused a stir Jan. 4 when he offered up most of his team, including Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan and Francois Beauchemin. Sources said the Hawks have yet to engage in serious talks with the Ducks. With Anaheim going 6-0-1 in its last seven games, things have cooled overall.
In the West, only the Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets look like sellers. The Hawks have been linked to Oilers center Sam Gagner, a former teammate and friend of Patrick Kane’s. He’s in the last year of his deal, but it will take significant pieces to land him.
Some Eastern sellers include the Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes. The Sabres, who spent big this offseason, appear willing to part with notables such as Drew Stafford, Derek Roy and Brad Boyes. While the Hawks could use such players, their prices will be high. Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason and ex-Hawk Tuomo Ruutu should be at least worth a call.