Chicago Blackhawks Trade Scenarios: 10 Wild Deals Fans Would Love to See
Have you ever sat down to play a video game and traded all your worst players for the best players in the league?
Don't lie; we have all done it.
Who is the one player in the league you wish could be on the Chicago Blackhawks right now? Is there a former Hawk who you wish would rejoin the team?
Well, if you were one of those guys who traded away the bad players for the stars, then this is a list for you.
Some of these guys are on the market and some aren't. Some might be easy to acquire, while others might demand a king's ransom.
Either way, it is always fun to dream, so here are some trades that would get loyal Blackhawks fans all fired up.
I bet a lot of people were wishing he was on the Blackhawks the other night, rather than playing against them.
Sam Gagner has been a rumored target of the Hawks for most of the season.
He is a young center-man who was a former teammate of Patrick Kane, except to be honest, there hadn't been much production.
Before his recent scoring outburst, he only had 22 points.
Well, since the calendar turned to February, he has totaled 11 points in only two games. By the way, those two games were against the Hawks and Detroit Red Wings.
He went from 22 points to 33 points in a flash and just as quickly, the asking price went through the roof.
I'm not sure he is still even on the market, but I think a lot of people would be pretty happy having a guy whose name is next to The Great One in the record books.
I'd be shocked if the Washington Capitals give him up, but wouldn't Alexander Semin look great in a Blackhawks sweater?
Who wouldn't want a 40-goal scorer on their team, who is about to turn 28?
Semin is going to be a free agent this summer, and his price tag might be pretty hefty, which is why Washington may move him.
Putting Semin on a line with Marian Hossa or even putting him opposite Patrick Kane with Jonathan Toews in the middle could give goaltenders nightmares.
Maybe a package of Jeremy Morin, Bryan Bickell and a draft pick could make the deal happen.
He might be the first, but he isn't the last member of the rival Predators on this list.
If the Hawks decide that Brendan Morrison doesn't fill the need for a second-line center, I have a feeling Mike Fisher will do just fine.
Unlike a few other guys on this list, his contract isn't huge. He is in the third year of a five-year deal paying him $21 million. The Hawks have plenty of cap space, and they have offensive prospects that would allow the Predators to maybe start scoring some goals.
Weakening a rival and adding that player is a double win.
Also, don't forget that where Fisher goes, so does his wife, Carrie Underwood.
Who wouldn't want to add a sure-fire, first-ballot Hall of Famer to their team?
Can you imagine how good Jarome Iginla would look at the point of the Blackhawks' top power play unit?
While his contract is steep, he still is able to produce, even at the age of 34. We got to see that first hand the other night when he beat Duncan Keith for a breakaway goal.
Would the lifelong Flame consent to a trade if it meant winning the Stanley Cup?
Things haven't really gone as planned for Jeff Carter this season.
When healthy, he is good for 60 points a season, and there aren't a lot of better centers in the league. To acquire him would be costly in both the amount of players it would take and the financial burden.
Carter has 10 years left on his 11-year contract extension, which is paying him $58 million.
However, all that being said, would any team have three better centers then Toews, Carter and Bolland come playoff time?
Everyone wants the Hawks to trade for a goalie, so why not go for the best? There was an article just last week on this very site saying the Blackhawks should trade for Tim Thomas.
If a team is crazy enough to give up Thomas because he skipped going to the White House, hell, I'll be first in line to take him.
Thomas is 22-10 this season with a save percentage of 93 and is only allowing 2.11 goals a game. How do you think the defense would look in front of him?
My guess is it would look a lot better.
While we are on the subject of goalies, how about this next guy?
"Niemi says Nooooo!!!!"
I know I am not the only one who misses hearing Pat Foley screaming that during TV broadcasts.
Not bringing back Antti Niemi might be the only real blemish on general manager Stan Bowman's resume.
Because of the Hawks' cap situation, a lot of tough choices had to be made, and allowing Niemi walk was one of them. What if it could be undone?
San Jose has a backup who has performed pretty well, and maybe the Sharks would like to have Niklas Hjalmarsson like they wanted two years ago.
And for those of you who didn't like letting Niemi walk, I bet you will like my next choice.
Bring back Dustin Byfuglien.
The Hawks have yet to find a replacement for sticking Byfuglien in front of the net in any situation. I mean, there were times during that Stanley Cup run when it was just automatic.
Bringing Big Buff back now would also shore up the defense.
Maybe the Jets would like to have Jeremy Morin back, and maybe the Hawks could throw in Brandon Pirri or Ben Smith to sweeten the pot.
Shea Weber and Ryan Suter
I promised I would have more Predators, and here they are.
Both Shea Weber and Ryan Suter would look great on the first or second defensive pairings for the Hawks. Both are set to be free agents this summer. Weber will be a restricted free agent, while Suter will be unrestricted.
Adding either guy would allow the Hawks to slide every down on the defensive pairing and would finally bring an end to us suffering through John Scott and Sean O'Donnell being part of that third pairing.
If only Nashville was struggling, what a fire sale they could have.
While either of these guys would be a prize on the defensive side of things, my final choice would be the big prize on the other side of the ice.
Adding Rick Nash to this Blackhawks core would change everything. Adding him to either of the top two lines would easily give the Hawks the best top two lines in the league.
Putting any combo of Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane and Nash on the wings, and it wouldn't matter who is centering the line.
Columbus is by far the worst team in the league, and big-money guys like Nash and Carter haven't seemed to work, so why not try rebuilding with prospects?
The Hawks have plenty of prospects and could send an improving scorer in Viktor Stalberg back.
This one might be the biggest pipe dream of all, since Nash still has six years on his contract with a cap hit of $7.8 million each year.
I think if the Hawks were able to pull off any of these deals, the fanbase would be very, very happy.