Will The Blackhawks Be Active At Trade Deadline?

In a very crowded Western Conference playoff race the Chicago Blackhawks are right in the middle of it all. A long winning streak could push them to hosting a home playoff series, but a long losing streak could knock them out all together.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman will be faced with some tough questions as the NHL trade deadline approaches.

Can the Blackhawks take on salary?

Where is the biggest need for improvement?

“You’re an injury away, you’re a loss away, you’re a streak of losses away from putting yourself in a real desperate situation,” Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk said on the Danny Mac Show.

LISTEN: Eddie Olczyk On The Danny Mac Show

With the salary cap constraints just as daunting this year as they were last year, Bowman might be limited in what he can do. Defenseman Nick Leddy has been making frequent trips down to the Rockford IceHogs to give the Blackhawks a little extra breathing room over stretches without games. Sending Leddy to the AHL allows for his salary to come of the Blackhawks’ payroll when he’s playing in Rockford.

“The salary cap is what it is, you don’t have a lot of space,” Olczyk said. “But to secure yourself you’re going to have to, and I’m sure they are, [do] what they feel they need to in order to really give them that legitimate chance to make a push and get in, and get some home ice advantage.”

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  • CH

    Do you really want STAN BOWMAN active in making trades? with his lack of experience and the mess he’s already caused having him as a GM is like having a blind man driving in the INDY race. STAN BOWMAN is going to sink what was once believed to be a potential dynasty

  • paulH

    Sorry CH, you’re terribly uninformed. Not ONE of the players traded (including 2 years ago, Rene Bourque, and Cam Barker, during the season) was traded because the Black Hawks didn’t WANT them. The Black Hawks couldn’t keep those players because of the salary CAP. Many of those players were due raises and those raises would’ve put the Hawks over the cap. So, they were dealt for picks and junior players earning less. Next season? Who’s up for a new contract? Seabrooke, Brower, Skille, Crawford and more. Who do you keep besides Seabrooke and Crawford? Stan Bowman did one heck of a good job getting some highly rated younger players in those deals, i.e. Leddy, Morin and more in juniors. By the way CH, this ‘mess’ was created by a guy I really like, Dale Tallon. Late offers to restricted free agents (Versteeg, Barker etc.) turned them into unrestricted free agents which caused the Hawks to OVERPAY. Plus, all the bonuses he wrote into the contracts. You really need to do some research before you post.

    • CH

      I been a Hawk fan since the 70’s Paul and I did do my research. Stan Bowman ND finance major, served under Dale Tallon maybe that’s where he got his hands dirty but this guy is not a GM he’s just a guy who came out of the right womb to me he’s the next Michael McCaskey of the Chicago sports world

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  • CH

    No offense Paul I just don’t have confidence in a guy with no overall experience as a GM honestly I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he happens to be the son of Scotty. Stan Bowman has never played any pro hockey, he has no experience the guy;s a finance major somebody who should be doing the teams’ taxes not dictating who comes and goes what talent to pick out the guy’s just not qualified. I hope I’m wrong but Stan Bowman is no GM

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