Chicago Blackhawks: 7 Trading Pieces Heading into the New Year

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Chicago Blackhawks: 7 Trading Pieces Heading into the New Year
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Though the Chicago Blackhawks are rolling with an NHL best 50 points, there is always room for improvement.

The Hawks are once again serious contenders for the Stanley Cup. And while they have had little trouble pumping in goals, they are due for an upgrade within their top six defensemen.

John Scott is good to have around as the 20th man to protect players, but it is hard to envision him with much ice time during the playoffs.

The same can be said for Sean O'Donnell and Sami Lepisto. O.D. is a good guy, but wearing out. And Lepitso cannot seem to crack the line-up often enough to be reliable.

The Hawks could also use a second or third line forward. Players like Bryan Bickell, while decent lately, have been a liability this season.

And who knows how long Viktor Stalberg will be hot?

Fortunately, Stan Bowman and company have enough prospects in the system and, perhaps, some current players that can be moved.

Here's a quick look at five that could be deemed expendable when it's time to pull the trigger. 

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