NHL Trade Rumors: 5 Players the Chicago Blackhawks Could Deal

Tyler JuranovichCorrespondent IIIFebruary 14, 2011

NHL Trade Rumors: 5 Players the Chicago Blackhawks Could Deal

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    With Jack Skille traded to the Florida Panthers, the Blackhawks made a statement saying they were in the business of  negotiating.

    Something needs to happen, and that's becoming more and more apparent as the weeks go by. Inconsistency has plagued this team.

    It could cost them a playoff spot. 

    The Blackhawks currently sit at the 11th spot in the Western Conference, three points behind the eighth seed.

    Making a trade, maybe if dealing a top player might be sensible, is one way the team can put some consistency into the team.

    Here we will look at five possible players that could be dealt before the deadline.

    *Note* These are in no particular order.  

5.Jassen Cullimore

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    Trading Cullimore would be a move that would most likely just to remove dead weight and add some money back to the cap room. 

    Cullimore is an example of one of those duds that the Blackhawks brought in to fill some empty spaces. Once they realized he wasn't cutting it, had him placed on the inactives. 

    In a different setting, Cullimore could be a third, but most likely a fourth-line defender for a team. He'd also be a cheap get, as in not having to give up a lot for him. 

    His $223,000 salary is affordable to every team. 

    Sure, the 'Hawks wouldn't get anything spectacular from this trade, but it's more tuned to the process of getting rid of dead weight. 

4.Tomas Kopecky

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    Kopecky is having his breakout season when you talk about points, but what he's really doing is becoming more like dead weight. 

    He's getting paid $1.2 million, and due to lack of depth is mostly playing on the first line where he clearly doesn't belong. 

    He isn't getting it done in the faceoffs either. His 35 percent winning percentage isn't turning any heads or helping out the team in any way. In fact, it's probably hurting the team more. 

    But his recent offensive production makes his trade value a little higher, and a team could want to add him as an all-around and utility player.

3.Dave Bolland

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    A $3.75 million contract might scare some teams away, others might be enticed with this emerging forward. 

    Bolland was expected to have a bigger season than he is right now. A 19-goal season in his rookie year paved the way for a bright future, but injury-plagued his second season, and Bolland only played 39 games. 

    This season he's off to a slower start than expected, but he has 12 goals in 42 games as well as a plus-six in the plus/minus rating. 

    Maybe a change of scenery could help Bolland out? 

2.Bryan Bickell

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    Bickell has been impressive in his first full season, accumulating 23 points (13G,16A). He's only 24 years old, giving him a couple of years to keep building up his talent.

    With a contract a little over $500,000 Bickell wouldn't be too hard to find a team, and I suspect they could get some prospects for him, as well as a draft pick.

    The Blackhawks could also see him as a future player, but my guess because of the state of the team, if a good deal came along, the organization would snatch it.  

1.Brent Seabrook

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    Seabrook has been been on the trade rumor block for some time now, and while, at first, it seems crazy to think about it, the more you do the more it starts making sense. 

    Seabrook's contract ends at the end of the season, and he's currently being paid $3.5 million. 

    That could easily go up to the $5 million, or even more. 

    Seabrook has been less than stellar this season, but he is beginning to pick up his play. With his trade value at its peak, the Blackhawks could get a great addition to the team for him, as well as making cap space.