The Chicago Blackhawks recently made some moves, should they continue to be sellers at the deadline?
The Blackhawks have made some trades this season. They weren’t small ones either. One of the trades included former 3rd overall pick in 2015, Dylan Strome, and former 1st round pick Brendan Perlini coming to the Blackhawks in exchange for Nick Schmaltz.
Do I think the Blackhawks should be sellers at the deadline? I think they should be sellers. They shouldn’t clean house but I think they should make a few moves.
Do I think the Blackhawks are done with trades this season? No, I believe they are not done making deals. Stan Bowman has a history of making trades on deadline day, small or big, I feel like the Blackhawks will make more. Here are some players who could be traded.
John Hayden, was looking like a stud in the 2016-2017 season getting 21 goals and 13 assists for 34 points in 33 games for Yale university and then after that college season he started with the Blackhawks on their first line.
Now, John Hayden is struggling to find ice time and has 3 points in 31 games. I’ve never gotten the reason why he doesn’t get more ice time. Sadly it looks like his time in Chicago might be done.
I could see a lot of teams being interested in acquiring the 23 year old power forward. He is also making just $750,000 for the next two years according to CapFriendly. A few teams that I think could be interested include the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and Vegas Golden Knights. We would probably look to get a 3rd round pick and/or a prospect.
Artem Anisimov, has always been a middle 6 forward. He has looked decent these past few years. He has been good on the power play and can score goals.
As of late, Anisimov has struggled to score and to get assists. His stats so for this season look like this: 7 goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 39 games. I feel like a change of scenery could do a lot for Anisimov, like it did in the 2015-2016, when Anisimov was traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Chicago Blackhawks getting a career high 45 points with the Blackhawks in 2016-2017.
This summer Anisimov was asked to submit his 10 team trade list because of his Modified-No Trade Clause. Anisimov is getting paid $4.55 Million for the next three years according to CapFriendly.
Here are some teams I think Anisimov would want to go to as well as other teams who might be interested in acquiring him. Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes. We could probably get a 4th round pick and a lower tier prospect or two.
Jan Rutta, was one of my favorite defensemen in the 2017-2018 season. He always had a solid two-way game, but this year he has struggled and got sent down to the AHL.
This year, Rutta’s stats in the NHL look like this, 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points in 23 games played. If we compare his points scored per game this year compared to last year you can see that it went down (0.26 this year to 0.35 last year).
As you can see, Rutta’s stats have went down but he is still a solid defenseman. Jan Rutta is currently making $2.25 Million for this year according to CapFriendly.
I could see a couple of contending teams be interested in Jan Rutta. He is still a solid 6th defenseman and plays a two-way game. I think that the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks being interested in him.
Contract information from – CapFriendly
featured image photo credit – Nikos Michals