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:

Should-be sellers

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.

One Response to Blackhawks in the market for a defenseman and a veteran center

  1. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    Looks like there looking for a bunch of needs that leafs have depth at.. second/third line centres and defence. Think it'll be fun putting a few proposals out there. 

    Proposal 1.
    To Chi: Carl Gunnarson
    To Tor: Jimmy Hayes + 4th round pick
    Proposal 2: 
    To Chi:  Mathew Lombardi + 3rd/2nd round pick
    To Tor:  Andrew Shaw 
    Proposal 3:
    To Chi: Tyler Bozak + Gunnarson + lombardi
    To Tor: Andrew Shaw + Dave Bolland + 4th round pick
    Proposal 4:
    To Chi: Lombardi + Schenn + Macarthur + Tyler Bozak+ 2nd round pick
    To Tor: Andrew Shaw + Jimmy Hayes + Patrick Sharp+ Dave Bolland
    Doubt proposal 4 happens but it sets chicago up with one of the best defence core in the league with keith, seabrook, schenn, hjalmarsson. with decent secondary scoring with macarthur – bozak – hossa. and able to move kruger down to the third line and have brunette- lombardi – kruger. The trade will give chicago a much faster team.
    A little iffy with this trade because it still does not give us a number one centre. But it makes us bigger down the middle, a real nice rookie in andrew shaw who has 5 goals in 9 games. Bolland comes in and helps our improving PK. and Sharp will work nicely with kuli and grabo. 
    Lupul- connolly- kessel
    kuli- grabo – sharp
    Shaw- Bolland- hayes
    Franson- liles
    gardiner- komisarek
    Then at the deadline try to package kadri+ Aulie+ armstrong+ 1st(if its for a legit a number one) centre. That lineup will have a bunch of role players that know there job and will compete in the playoffs. 

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