Calling Fact or Fiction on the Biggest Chicago Blackhawks Trade Rumors

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2014

Calling Fact or Fiction on the Biggest Chicago Blackhawks Trade Rumors

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    Matt Moulson has been named as a popular trade target.
    Matt Moulson has been named as a popular trade target.Gary Wiepert/Associated Press

    The Chicago Blackhawks have made a habit of tweaking their roster over the years at the trade deadline.

    With two Stanley Cups in the last four years, they are obviously a very talented team. However, that does not mean general manager Stan Bowman is going to stand pat with his roster.

    He could bring in a player with speed, a savvy veteran or a No. 2 center.

    The Blackhawks have added players like Nick Leddy, Johnny Oduya, Michael Frolik and Michal Handzus in the past. In this piece we will look at trade rumors and call fact or fiction as they pertain to the Blackhawks.

Thomas Vanek, New York Islanders

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    Thomas Vanek was traded by the Buffalo Sabres to the New York Islanders earlier this year, but it doesn't appear he will be staying with them for much longer.

    The Islanders made Vanek a contract offer that he reportedly turned down, per Arthur Staple of Newsday, so trading Vanek away would give New York general manager Garth Snow a chance to get something in return.

    Vanek is a full-fledged sniper with a dangerous shot. In some ways, he would be appealing to the Blackhawks because he would give them one more player who could fill the net.

    However, Vanek has never been known for his consistency or defense. While it's something for Bowman to dream about, Vanek is almost certainly not coming to the Blackhawks. This rumor has to be labeled false.

David Legwand, Nashville Predators

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    David Legwand has been a fixture for the Nashville Predators and has been a productive center for them.

    It's clear that the Blackhawks have wanted to upgrade their play at the No. 2 center position all season, so the 33-year-old Legwand might be the ideal fit for a team that wants to win its third Stanley Cup in five seasons.

    Legwand has a no-trade contract, so the Blackhawks would have to get him to relent in that area. Legwand is in the last season of a six-year, $27 million contract, so money would not likely be a problem. The Blackhawks are currently just $212,000 under the cap, but they could use a long-term injured reserve designation on goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, and that could free up additional cap space.

    Legwand would be a good fit for the Blackhawks, but it would take a lot to get him here. Look for Bowman to pursue this move.

Matt Moulson, Buffalo Sabres

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    Matt Moulson came to the Sabres in an early-season trade with the Islanders, and there's little doubt that Buffalo will be in house-cleaning mode once the trade embargo is lifted after the Olympics.

    The Sabres have the worst record in the Eastern Conference, and it is all but impossible for them to make the playoffs. 

    Moulson would be one of their top attributes; CBS Sports has reported that 12 teams have made inquiries about Moulson.

    Could the Blackhawks be one of them? While he is not a center, he has plenty of speed that might make them even more dangerous. However, other teams probably would be willing to pay more for him, so don't expect Bowman to get into a bidding war for him. This rumor appears to be false.

Mike Cammalleri, Calgary Flames

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    Mike Cammalleri is a pending free agent, and the Calgary Flames would like to sign him. While there is time between now and the trade deadline to do so, they may not get their wish.

    If they don't feel like they can sign Cammalleri to a long-term deal, they would almost certainly trade him. He is a center who can put the puck in the net. He has scored as many as 39 goals in the past and could still score 20 or more goals a year.

    That would fit in nicely with the Blackhawks, especially if they put him in the role of the No. 2 center. He has played both center and wing in his career, and the idea of playing for a potential Stanley Cup champion would sit well with a 31-year-old player who has been to the playoffs just three times in his career.

    The Blackhawks would give strong consideration to trading for Cammalleri.


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