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NHL Rumors VII: Greene, Draft, Marleau, Hartnell, Gionta, Isles, Stamkos and Ekblad

  • Darren Dreger: Kings and Matt Greene closing in on a four year, $10 million contract extension.
  • Jimmy Murphy: Wouldn’t be surprised if the Bruins tried to trade up at the draft.
  • Gare Joyce: The Jets and Canucks have made series plays for the Panthers 1st overall and Sabres 2nd overall pick.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks Patrick Marleau said he wants to stay, and that he expects him and Joe Thornton to be back “at this point.”
  • Aaron Portzline: Have been told that Scott Hartnell’s no-movement clause goes with him to Columbus.
  • HabsLinks: Brian Gionta’s agent tells La Presse: “The Canadiens indicated they would like Brian to return next year.”
  • Randy Miller: Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Brayden Schenn after they signed him to a two-year deal yesterday: “If you look at that left wing spot with Giroux, there are 3 candidates there. Brayden has spent time there.”
  • Jim Matheson: “Just spitballing here: NYI has No.5 pick in play for immediate help. Could Tor offer Dion Phaneuf? Isles need D-man badly.”
  • Dan Rosen: Steven Stamkos told Lightning coach John Cooper that his leg is back to 100 percent.
  • Scott Powers: The Blackhawks and Adam Clendening are getting closer on a new deal.
  • Gare Joyce: Joyce has a hard time seeing Aaron Ekblad as a great fit for the Panthers or Sabres.

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State of the Chicago Blackhawks: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Today is the 1st installment of our expanded NHL Trade Deadline coverage. We’ll be posting team outlooks leading up to trade deadline over the next couple weeks from a variety of contributing writers.

Written by Tab Bamford of TheFourthPeriod.com and can be found on twitter at @The1Tab

The Chicago Blackhawks are in the mix for the best record in the Western Conference, but are equally close to fourth place in the Central Division. With a good, young core locked up and over $5 million in cap space, the Blackhawks will be buyers at the deadline.

What will be the Blackhawks wants/needs?

1. Top-four defenseman

The Hawks have one of the best top pairs in the league with Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, but have been searching for the right formula all season in the wake of Brian Campbell being traded to Florida during the draft.

Nick Leddy’s developing nicely, but has been better when held under 20 minutes per game over the last month. Meanwhile, Niklas Hjalmarsson appears to have peaked as a number 4-5 defenseman who excels at blocking shots and killing penalties, but has not taken the next step in his development yet.

Some players the Hawks might target include Tim Gleason in Carolina, Hal Gill and/or Chris Campoli in Montreal, and, if Brian Burke puts him on the market, Cody Franson.

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