The NHL trade rumor mill is going at full blast, with talks of superstars on the verge of being moved. The struggles of teams such as the Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets have franchise players such as Ryan Getzlaf and Rick Nash seeing their names tossed around. The NHL trade deadline is a month and a half away, and the contenders are sure to try to stock up on players for their playoff and Stanley Cup runs.
The Blackhawks, despite being considered a top team, have two glaring holes: the second line center job, and giving up too many goals. With a stockpile of prospects, the Hawks are poised to make a splash before the deadline passes to make a run at the 2012 Stanley Cup.
The criteria for players to be included in this list was that their team have fewer than 40 standings points on the morning of January 17, 2012. The players also had to fill a potential need for the Blackhawks, and have a cap hit that can fit the Hawks.
All salary and salary cap data is courtesy of capgeek.com.