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Tom Gilbert and Ladislav Smid
Hawks receive: C Shawn Horcoff, RW Ales Hemsky, C/W Ben Eager, D Tom Gilbert, D Ladislav Smid, G Nikolai Khabibulin
Oilers receive: RW Patrick Kane, LW Bryan Bickell, D Niklas Hjalmarsson, D Sami Lepisto, G Ray Emery, D Shawn Lalonde, D Dylan Olsen, C Chris DiDomenico, D Ivan Vishnevisky, 2012 seventh-round draft pick
Well, here it is. The mega-deal.
The trade that takes the Hawks well over the top, solving every problem with the roster in the transaction that will surely take its place as one of the biggest deadline deals of the salary-cap era.
First off, the no-movement clauses.
Yes, Kane and Horcoff both have NMCs. However, it's been rumored that Kane is unhappy with the constant shuffle between wing and center, and the Oilers could promise him that No. 1 RW spot next to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the next decade. Horcoff could join a contender for what might be his last shot at a cup run.
Second, the Hawks totally revamp their defensive corps.
Yes, giving up Lalonde and Olsen is a tough pill to swallow, but Gilbert and Smid offer a bona fide No. 2 pairing that can roll with any forward lines in the league.
Neither are unfamiliar in Chicago, as Smid was supposedly going to be the main piece of the supposed Brent Seabrook trade this time last year, and Gilbert played for the Chicago Steel of the USHL as a teenager.
In net, the Hawks welcome back a familiar face and true No. 1 goalie in Nik Khabibulin. In his last season as a Blackhawk, Khabi made it to the Western Conference Finals against Detroit in tandem with Cristobal Huet.
Again pairing up with a goalie looking to be a No. 1, the fight between Khabi and Crawford would force the absolute best out of both, helping with the goalie problem we now face.
Trading Kane would be a difficult task. However, this is what's best for the team.
They maximize his value, and in due time, Jeremy Morin will take his place. Hemsky immediately steps into Kane's spot with Jonathan Toews and Viktor Stalberg, and likely plays the same skilled playmaker role as Kane.
Hawks' New Depth Chart
Stalberg - Toews - Hemsky
Sharp - Horcoff - Hossa
Mayers - Bolland - Brunette
Kruger - Morrison - Eager
Keith - Seabrook
Smid - Gilbert
Leddy - Montador