Chicago Blackhawks Trade Speculation: Who's Safe, Who's Bait?

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Chicago Blackhawks Trade Speculation: Who's Safe, Who's Bait?
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The more the Chicago Blackhawks continue to struggle, the more evident it is that GM Stan Bowman is going to have to make a move, at the minimum, prior to the NHL's trade deadline. But it's a matter of who's going to be shipped away in order for the Hawks to improve its personnel.

Young prospects, such as Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw, have emerged as of late and continue to earn significant ice time on a regular basis, and that likely won't change with Patrick Sharp's absence for the next few weeks.

Other guys' ice time is suffering lately because of the new role these young players are taking on, and this could lead to Bowman trading some players away without hesitation.

Outside of the Hawks' core skaters (Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook), depending on who Bowman may attempt to acquire, some may think that no one is safe come the trade deadline.

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