Friday, February 19, 2016

Rumor: Hawks Searching for a Left Wing for Toews, Hossa Line

Will the rich get richer at the NHL trade deadline? If the Chicago Blackhawks have their way--yes.

TSN's Bob Mckenzie says that the Hawks are aggressively in the market for a left wing to play with Jonathan Toews. Earlier in the week the Blackhawks cleared some cap space by waiving defenseman Rob Scuderi, and they've got about $4 million to play with beneath the salary cap.

McKenzie says Chicago could be interested a number of high-quality left wings that may or may not be available on a rental basis.

"There's no question that the Chicago Blackhawks are very aggressively trying to pursue a left winger to play on that top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa," McKenzie says. "You've got Andrew Ladd with the Winnipeg Jets--the Blackhawks know him extremely well--Mikkel Boedker from the Arizona Coyotes and Loui Eriksson from the Boston Bruins."

McKenzie also added that Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes could be a target, if the Hurricanes were willing to pick up some of Staal's monstrous contract. Staal will become an unrestricted free agent after the season, but has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause yet, according to reports. Carolina is still battling for a playoff spot, but Staal understands that there's a chance he could be moved if things shift between now and the February 29 trade deadline.

“I’m not going to be crushed if a decision is made and I’m moving on for a different opportunity,” he told media in Ottawa. “But at the same time, my focus is on helping this team win games, pick up points. We’re learning how to win. We’re getting better everyday.”

If Staal does become available in the next ten days, the Blackhawks better be ready to part with valuable chips. They won't be the only one hungry to acquire the 31-year-old's services.