With the Chicago Blackhawks already in playoff contention, a trade-deadline move is unnecessary
The NHL trade deadline is always an interesting day, for the Chicago Blackhawks and 29 other teams. A shakeup of Stanley Cup contenders and pretenders, buying and selling their assets to build for the future, keep a sinking ship afloat or make a concerted run for the Stanley Cup.
March 1 will be no different, other than the deadline isn’t in February. It will be different, though, for Chicago Blackhawks fans compared to recent trade deadlines. If the organization is smart enough, they will stand pat and be still on trade deadline day.
We here at Blackhawk Up have covered what historical past the Blackhawks have with NHL trade-deadline moves. Some have worked great, some have flopped.
But in most to all cases, some aspect of the organization’s future has been involved and for once, the Blackhawks do not need to risk their future for the present.
Argument against a trade-
The Blackhawks entered this season with the second-highest odds to win the Stanley Cup behind the defending-champion Pittsburgh Penguins. At last look, Bovada has Chicago with the third best odds (+750) to win the Cup, trailing the Washington Capitals (+450) and the Minnesota Wild (+550).
With all the questions coming into and during this season, the Blackhawks are still a top-three favorite for the Stanley Cup.
NHL trade-deadline moves made by contending teams are supposed to put them over the hump and give them that advantage to make their deep playoff run. But for Chicago, all that might need to happen is a little bit of continuity.
For example, all season long, the narrative has been the Blackhawks don’t have top-line options for Jonathan Toews to play with. Marian Hossa was too old and in a slump. Richard Panik wasn’t a legitimate option. They couldn’t break up the second-line grouping.
On and on the excuses went for why Toews wasn’t producing like he has in the past. But as of late, an option has started to shine light on the …
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