Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers Should Start Talking Trade

Fred PoulinCorrespondent IFebruary 15, 2009

Hawks' Patrick Sharp injured his knee during yesterday's contest against the Dallas Stars when he collided with forward Steve Ott. Sharp's injury seems very serious and he might be lost for an extended period of time. He will not make the upcoming trip to South Florida and Dallas.

The Hawks are desperately looking to add a top-six forward to an already potent offense and Sharp's injury will only confirm their need for offensive depth and the fact that they must keep Martin Havlat until season's end even though he is a pending UFA.

The Philadelphia Flyers would be a good trade partner as they are looking for a true No. 1 goaltender and have plenty of depth at forward. With Daniel Briere slated to return on February 25th, the Flyers will have to shed salary in order to reactivate him from the injury list. As a result, they will likely have to trade a forward like Mike Knuble or Joffrey Lupul.

The Flyers are very interested in Nikolai Khabibulin, who is having a great season with the Hawks, and since Martin Biron is having a tough season, they could send him the other way. Both goaltenders are unrestricted free agents at season's end.

The following trade would definitely make sense for both teams and would work cap-wise:

Philly gives:

Joffrey Lupul $2,3M/year

Andrew Alberts $1,250,000/year

Glenn Metropolit $1M/year

Martin Biron $3.5M/year

Chicago gives:

Nikolai Khabibulin $6,75M/year

Matt Walker $600,000/year

The Flyers get their proven goaltender (Bullin Wall) for the playoffs while the Hawks get the top-six forward (Lupul) and the defensive face-off specialist (Metropolit) they really need.

Biron is an insurance policy with playoffs experience in case Huet falters in the long run.