The Olympic break will give every team in the NHL a chance to evaluate what it needs to improve in the immediate future.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks cannot rest on their laurels and believe they are going to survive the brutal Western Conference regular season play and get back to the Stanley Cup Finals. General manager Stan Bowman knows his team needs some fine tuning (a second-line center and depth on defense, for example), and he will try to improve the roster in any way he can.
He will not gut his roster in order to make a trade. However, as the Blackhawks head into their final five games before the Olympic break, the team is not playing well recently. They are 0-2-2 in the last four, with road games against Vancouver, San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Phoenix coming up.
A poor showing against the Western Conference's best teams could force Bowman to make some more significant moves.
Bowman will not be looking for superstars, but he will try to find role players who can give his team a lift.
(All salary and contract information is courtesy of CapGeek.com.)