Chicago Blackhawks Trade Scenarios: 10 Wild Deals Fans Would Love to See
It's almost February 27th and the show is just about to begin before the NHL trading deadline.
The Chicago Blackhawks are in desperate need of some help on the back end and for their second and third lines. But just who is available to suit the needs of this team?
Who will stay and who will go? But the most important question is who's available and what do the Blackhawks have to do to obtain these players?
Endless possibilities are out there, and the fans will come up with dream trades where superstars come to Chicago in exchange for a few prospects. Why not dream away? Anything is possible in the NHL.
These are the top 10 wildest deals that Chicago Blackhawks' fans would love to see.
How long is it until the Anaheim Ducks start dealing some of their top talent?
One of the younger more skilled wingers in the NHL, Ryan would fit in perfectly with the Blackhawks' already star packed roster.
Ryan has only played three seasons in the NHL but in those three seasons he has never failed to put up less than 30 goals. Why not add yet another offensive threat to a team that can score goals in bunches?
A threat like Bobby Ryan can also make up for any lack of defense. You can win hockey games if you give upo three or more goals a game, you just have to score enough.
Rumors of Ryan coming to Chicago were also in full force earlier in the season when the Blackhawks found an extra $5 million in cap room. Though those rumors died down once the Ducks' management said that they have no intention of trading Ryan at this time.
Though as the trade deadline nears maybe the Anaheim Ducks' organization will be a little more lenient and start listening to offers. Imagine it Blackhawks' fans, Bobby Ryan in a Blackhawks' jersey, it is a possibility.
Fans have been calling for a goalie trade as of late. Corey Crawford and Ray Emery have not be getting the job done in net as evidenced by this recent eight game losing streak.
So why not try for the best goaltender in the league?
Sure the Boston Bruins may not want to part ways with Tim Thomas but consider that they do have two legitimate starting goaltenders. Boston's backup goaltender Tuukka Rask is skilled enough to become a starting goaltender so why wouldn't Thomas at least be considered?
Thomas also doesn't have much time left in the NHL. Thomas is 37 years of age, how many more games does he have in him? Best bet, not many, maybe a season more or two. Trade him and the Blackhawks can solve their goaltending issues for at least a couple years.
It's no secret that Nashville will be running into some money problems in the near future. What's bad for Nashville is good for just about every other team.
Shea Weber might be on the trading block come the trade deadline and how great would it be if he were to join the Blackhawks on the blue line?
Weber has one of the hardest shots in the NHL. Aside from that he would also play well for a puck possession type system.
The services of one of the best defenseman might come in handy for the Blackhawks who are looking to add a physical presence on the back end. Though a trade such as this may be a little far fetched as the Nashville Predators are in the same division as the Blackhawks it is still possible.
How hard would it be to say that the Chicago Blackhawks made a mistake in trading Dustin Byfuglien?
It's simple, bring that man back to Chicago right now.
Other than Jonathan Toews, Byfuglien was the biggest reason for how the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. He size and physical net presence were unmatched and many teams had a hard time moving him from the front of their nets.
He's also versatile with the ability to play both forward and defense. Byfuglien is a very valuable player considering all of his physical advantages.
The only real question is what will the Jets take in return?
Times are bleak in Columbus right now and a fire sale might be imminent. The Blackhawks should do their best to acquire winger Rick Nash.
Adding Nash to the Blackhawks' lineup will help to add to an already explosive offense.
The biggest question though is Nash's $7.8 million dollar contract, will GM Stan Bowman actually bring in this big of a contract? Probably not but it is worth noting as Nash will be moved soon.
Nashville will be hitting a cash problem very shortly, it only begs the question of which of their big three will go?
Pekka Rinne could be on that list and could solve the Blackhawks' goaltending crisis.
Big bodied and very agile, Rinne is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL. He is one of the main reason why the Nashville Predators have made the playoffs the last two years.
Realistically, this deal is far from actually becoming reality, but you can always dream.
Remember last year in the playoffs? Game 7 against the Vancouver Canucks, the game winning goal was scored by Alex Burrows in overtime after Chris Campoli failed to get the puck out of the Blackhawks' zone.
Well the time has come to bring Campoli back and sit him on the third defensive pairing.
With the Blackhawks eyeing another defenseman this may be their best bet. He can move the puck on the back end and open up the ice to create scoring opportunities.
The Blackhawks need a guy with Campoli's puck moving ability. The question is can Blackhawks' fans forgive Campoli for what happened in game 7?
Another offensive weapon that the Blackhawks could pursue is a man by the name of Eric Staal.
As a first line center it would be beneficial for the Blackhawks to go after Staal. It would solve the hole that is the second line center for the Blackhawks.
The Carolina Hurricanes are slumping now, they might be willing to trade Staal for prospects and an established player.
The only down part of a trade like this would be Staal's $8 million cap hit. A trade to wrap your head around but definitely one that could be made.
Another ex-Chicago Blackhawk, Kris Versteeg would be welcomed by fans everywhere if a trade were made to bring him back.
He can score, he can deke, he can irritate, and he can play on the penalty kill. Many reasons that the Blackhawks could choose from as to why Versteeg is valuable to any team he plays on.
How much will it cost to get Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon to agree to a Kris Versteeg Trade? Whatever it may be, the Blackhawks should looking into a trade of this sort.
With Anaheim slumping it won't be long till their stars are all put on the trading block. One of those stars, Ryan Getzlaf, should be targeted by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Chicago Blackhawks could use a second line center and Getzlaf could be their man if they offer the right amount in a trade.
With a cap hit at $5 million Getzlaf would fit in perfectly with the first two lines of the Blackhawks. He's physical, puck moving, and can score. Why not go after a guy like that?