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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: Chicago Blackhawks

Written by Taylor Giffin, who can be followed on twitter at @TOGiffin

Blackhawks-deadlineA simple question usually evokes a simple answer. How tall are you? Easy. What colour is your shirt? Even easier. However, when it comes to the Chicago Blackhawks there are no simple answers.

Any Blackhawks fan will tell you the only real need for the team come the NHL Trade Deadline on March 5 is a second line centre. That’s the simple part. Just how the organization goes about making that happen is the tough part. A simple question but not a simple answer.

You can bet, however, GM Stan Bowman is trying hard to crack the case. He would love to be able to concoct a deal that would bring a defensively capable, yet offensively gifted centreman to the Blackhawks (as every team does).

Although the team is pushed right up against the salary cap, and has very little wiggle room, Bowman has been able to work some magic twice in the trade department already this year.

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Morning Rumors: Predators, Blues, Blackhawks, Top 5 Defenseman and Barkov Injury

  • Flutuo Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Predators are only four points out of eighth spot. Pending UFA David Legwand has a no-movement clause and could be a good addition for the Blues or Blackhawks if the Predators look to move him. The Blues are missing Vladimir Sobotka and the Blackhawks could use a No. 2 center. The Panthers have plenty of forwards that could be traded. With so many teams having salary cap issues this year and possible next, they might have to eat some salary like they did with Kris Versteeg. Players that have contracts running through next season: Tomas FleischmannTomas KopeckySean BergenheimScottie Upshall, and Shawn Matthias.
  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top 5 Defenseman who are rumored to be available. 1. Dustin Byfuglien – some think the Bruins could be a landing spot, though GM Peter Chiarelli said they weren’t looking to make a deal like that. 2. Andrew MacDonald 3. Christian Ehrhoff 4. Trevor Daley 5. Jake Gardiner.
  • George Richards: Finnish doctors saying that Panthers Aleksander Barkov will be out for four to six weeks with a knee injury.

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Injury Notes: Clitsome, Souray, Brunner, Wings, Stastny, Parenteau, Versteeg and Boyle

  • Ken Wiebe: Jets defenseman Grant Clitsome had season ending back surgery.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Sheldon Souray had his wrist surgery done yesterday to relieve arthritic symptoms that were related to his ligament tear.
  • Rich Chere: When the Devils return home from their road trip, Damien Brunner will start practicing with them.
  • Chuck Pleiness: Red Wings Mike Babcock said he doesn’t expect any of their injured players back today. Tomas Tatar will return (not injury related absence), and most likely in for Mikael Samuelsson.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Paul Stastny will return to the lineup tonight.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs P.A. Parenteau should be ready on Tuesday to face the Maple Leafs.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Kris Versteeg is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He will be re-evaluated today.
  • Chris Nichols: David Pollak reported that in hindsight, Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle feels he came back to early from his concussion.

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Afternoon Hits: Emelin, Schenn, Howard, Thomas, Penguins, Poulin and Devils

  • David Strehle: The NHL reviewed Canadiens Alexei Emelin’s elbowing major on Flyers Steve Downie and ”no disciplinary hearing scheduled at this time”.
  • Anthony SanFilippo: Flyers Brayden Schenn was fined $2,230.77 for his cross-check on Blackhawks Kris Versteeg.
  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings Jimmy Howard has a Grade 1 MCL sprain and is out for two to four weeks.
  • George Richards: Panthers coach Peter Horachek said that Tim Thomas won’t be out long and will travel with the team on their upcoming road trip. Scott Clemmensen will start in net for the Panthers. Thomas didn’t practice today.
  • Dave Molinari: Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi and Tanner Glass skated today, but didn’t take part in the Penguins game-day skate.
  • Hope Smoke: Dave Poulin: ”Burke and I have relationship for over 30 years and I know this is a game of connections but I haven’t been contacted”
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Zubrus-Zajac-Jagr; Bernier-Elias-Brunner; Boucher-Henrique-Ryder; Sestito-Josefson-Janssen. Extra: Loktionov.

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Morning Rumors: Sabres, Rangers, Coaches, Sharks, Panthers, Habs, Flames, Oilers, Isles, Pens and Roy

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: If Ryan Miller isn’t willing to sign a contract extension with the Sabres, and it’s thought that that conversation will take place, the new GM will hold an auction for his services. Pat LaFontaine wants to have new GM by Christmas. Belief is that Miller wants to go to a Western Conference team, and the Kings may have interest. Jonathan Quick is out for at least a month, and Ben Scrivens isn’t the long-term solution. GM Dean Lombardi will deny it, but he’s been looking around. The Blues could also be a destination.

    The Rangers are trying to free up some salary cap space. The Senators, Hurricanes, Oilers and Sharks have interest in Michael Del Zotto, but the Rangers want a defenseman in return.

    It’s thought that Henrik Lundqvist wants an eight-year deal worth $8-$9 million a year. The Rangers also have UFAs Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman, and RFA Derrick Brassard, who could get $4 million if he goes to arbitration.

    Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards could be on the hotseat, same goes for Jets Claude Noel. Islanders Jack Capuano could be in trouble as well.

    The Sharks have been shopping Martin Havlat and his $6 million salary. There has been mild interest from the Panthers and Rangers.

    The Blackhawks had looked at Rene Bourque before making the Kris Versteeg trade.

    Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin wants to do something big.

    The Panthers would like to move Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann, Brad Boyes, Tomas Kopecky, Marcel Goc and Shawn Mattias before the trade deadline. There is lots of interest in Dmitry Kulikov, but he may bolt for the KHL.

    Flames Mikael Backlund and Shane O’Brien are available.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is looking for defenseman to replace Ladislav Smid. “They want to do something but they overrate their players which means the prices are high,” said a league executive.

    The Oilers should be able to get a top pick for Ales Hemsky.

  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Thomas Hickey will be evaluated today, and if it’s deemed he’ll be out long-term, they may have to look at making a trade.
  • Seth Rorabaugh: Rorabaugh thinks the Penguins could use a tougher third-line player, but remembers that they were swept by the Bruins when they had Iginla, Morrow and Murray.
  • Andrew Gross: Team USA GM David Poile will continue to scout Rangers Chris Kreider, though he’s still a longshot at this point.
  • Steve Farnham of All Habs: Elliotte Friedman interviewing Mike Vernon, with Vernon talking about his conversation with Patrick Roy to ‘get traded.’

    “I recall even having a conversation with Patrick Roy, in Montreal, at a little breakfast space there, spot we always used to go to. I just walked in by myself; I was early to the rink or something like that and he was there.

    He [Roy] said, ‘Mike, come here, I want to talk to you.’

    He goes, ‘the pressure, and the media, and the fans,’ he was really; I knew he was thoroughly upset by all of this, and it was really bothering him.

    And I said, ‘Patrick, you just have to get traded’. And I said, ‘I got traded, I’m enjoying it in Detroit and everything else.’

    Low and behold, that game was the game where he went up to the president. He was in for all nine goals, and he walked up to the president and I’m like going, ‘Oh no’!”

    “So the game is over and I’m bee-lining for the dressing room. All the boys are like, ‘What’s wrong? What’s wrong?’ I’ll talk to you later, I gotta go!

    No one could figure out why I was running in the dressing room, undressing, shower and I was gone out the door.

    After, they came to the establishment where I was having a beer or dinner or something like that. They were like, ‘Verny, what’s going on?’

    I said that I didn’t want to feel the wrath of the media.

    They were like, ‘What are you talking about?’

    I have an idea what Patrick was doing over there. And I didn’t know if he would say anything or do anything.

    You know, ‘I talked to Vernon about this earlier in the day’. I’m like, “Holy shit, I better get out of here, I’d get hung!”

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Panthers Trade Versteeg Back To Chicago In Four Player Deal

The Florida Panthers have traded winger Kris Versteeg and left winger Philippe Lefebvre to the Chicago Blackhawks for right winger Jimmy Hayes and defenseman Dylan Olsen. The Panthers will pay half of Versteeg’s salary as well. He carries a $4.6 million salary this season and $4.7 million the following two years. His cap hit is a total of $4.4 million.

The 27-year old Versteeg was drafted 134th overall in the 5th round of the 2004 draft by the Bruins.

The 22-year old Lefebvre was undrafted.

The 23-year old Hayes was drafted 60th overall in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft by the Maple Leafs.

The 22-year old Olsen was drafted 28th overall in the 1st round of the 2009 draft by the Blackhawks.

Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago: Blackhawks GM Stan Bownman announced the trade after last night’s win over the Coyotes.

“Looking at our team, we thought about adding one more versatile forward to our group,” Bowman said. “He’s certainly capable of playing on the top line; he’s been doing that last few years for Florida. We have a lot of depth at forward and we can use him a couple different places. We can use him special teams as well; it’s a role he had before. He’s got a great skill level to compliment our players.”

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Afternoon Notes: Erikson, Versteeg, Desharnais, Calvert, Schlemko, Kunitz, Neal, Olesz and Mazanec

  • Mike Halford: Bruins Loui Eriksson will be back in the lineup tonight against the Stars.
  • George Richards: Looking like Kris Versteeg will be back in the Panthers lineup on a line with Goc and Kopecky. Gomez and Barch will be out.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Lavoie doesn’t think that David Desharnais will be in the Canadiens lineup tonight. Martin St-Pierre should be playing in his first NHL game.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Matt Calvert (abdominal surgery) skated in full gear for 2nd time today and hopes to get back to practice next week.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes coach Tippett said that David Schlemko and Jeff Halpren continue to progress, they could be an option later on in the week.
  • Josh Yohe: Penguins Chris Kunitz is “probable” for tomorrow. James Neal skated before practice again today.
  • Allan Walsh: The Predators have recalled Marek Mazanec from the AHL.

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Morning Rumors: Sabres, Islanders, Flyers, Blues, Panthers, Canadiens, Sharks, Kings, Leafs and Oilers

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Staple thinks the Islanders had no intention of re-signing Matt Moulson. He doesn’t see Moulson being with the Sabres beyond the trade deadline. Staple’s had heard rumblings that Moulson and he reps were disappointed GM Garth Snow didn’t start contract extension talks over the summer. Moulson’s starting point could have started at $6 million and there is no way that Snow would give him more than John Tavares’s $5.5 million. The Islanders may have been concerned that the soon to be 30 year old didn’t have the skill set to keep up with their young, fast group. They may want a top line winger that could grow with Tavares. If the Islanders are not in the hunt this season, Snow could flip Thomas Vanek to regain some of the picks he gave up.
  • John Buccigross: If Buccigross was Matt Moulson’s agent, would be asking for five years and $25 million.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Source saying that the Sabres had been willing to make Thomas Vanek the highest paid player in the NHL, but he didn’t want to be part of a rebuild.

    “I enjoyed my time there, but I didn’t want to be a part of that,” Vanek told reporters in New York today following his first practice with the Islanders. “We traded pretty much every veteran. The message was clear that they’re going for draft picks. I think our last game we played four teenagers. Good, young players, but young players take time.”

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Sabres currently have nine draft picks for the 2014 and 2015 drafts. They could add to that by moving Matt Moulson, Ryan Miller and Steve Ott, or they could use the draft picks to bring in other assets.

    “Draft picks are your currency,” Regier said. “You can either use them to select players, or use them in other ways to help your team.”

  • Brian Stubits of CBS Sports: Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet 960 yesterday:

    “I think the St. Louis Blues were looking at Vanek. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re looking at Miller. I’m hearing that St. Louis is a team that’s going to be interesting, that’s a group that wants to go for it this year.”

    Note: Friedman is saying “wouldn’t be surprised” and not that “they are.”

  • The Fourth Period: Panthers GM Dale Tallon continues to look to make a move. They are believed to be shopping their top forwards for not picks and prospects, but looking for young, NHL-proven players. Rumors of Kris Versteeg, Tomas Fleischmann, Scottie Upshall, Brad Boyes, Marcel Goc, Tomas Kopecky, Dmitry Kulikov and Mike Weaver could be available. Tallon watched the Canadiens-Sharks game on Saturday. The Canadiens are looking for scoring and the Sharks would like to add to their blueline. Unclear if any talks have taken place.
  • The Fourth Period: The Kings only have about $600,000 in cap space, and are looking to trade some of their depth to create more room. Separate sources saying they could move either a forward or a defenseman. The Kings would like to add a second line left winger but currently don’t have the room. GM Dean Lombardi was trying to trade Kyle Clifford and Alec Martinez in the summer. One source said they could be looking for a draft pick for Clifford, Martinez, Keaton Ellerby or Trevor Lewis.
  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: SportsNet’s Doug MacLean thinks the Flyers would be a good fit for Ryan Miller. To make sense for the Flyers, MacLean thinks they would need to sign him to a contract extension as it doesn’t make sense for them to give up assets for a rental. Nick Kypreos said that Miller won’t approve a trade to a Canadian team. The Flyers are willing to make a trade before Christmas. The Flyers could send Ray Emery and picks to the Sabres.
  • Nick Kypreos: Kypreos is hearing that the bar has been set in talks between Dion Phaneuf and the Maple Leafs, and it starts at seven years and $50 million.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”For me the Oilers biggest problem is Dubnyk & a blueliner. When they’ve figured that out they need a centre too”
  • Josh Rimer of HockeyBuzz: Thomas Vanek really wants to play with the Wild, and a very good source said he plans to test free agency this summer. Rimer has been told that the Flyers and Sabres have talked about Ryan Miller with the Sabres continually asking for Sean Couturier. John-Michael Liles may be showcased in Edmonton as the Oilers are looking for a defenseman, with the asking price likely a third or fourth round pick. The Oilers may have reached out to the Penguins about a defenseman. Doubtful that the Penguins trade Matt Niskanen now, but could may be move Paul Martin.

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Morning Rumors: Elliott, Rangers, Oilers, Panthers and Predators Asst. GM

  • The Fourth Period: If the Blues received a good offer for Brian Elliott, they would seriously consider trading him. The Oilers inquired, but they couldn’t make a deal.
  • The Fourth Period: The Rangers are looking at the trade market and are looking for a top-six forward.
  • The Fourth Period: The Oilers are looking for help along the blueline and a gritty two-way forward. It’s unclear who they are targeting. The Sabres may be looking to move Steve Ott. They Panthers are reportedly looking to trade Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg and Scott Upshall.
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: The Ottawa Sun reported yesterday that the Panthers could start trading some of their veteran players, but Richards said that isn’t likely to happen until closer to the trade deadline if they are out of contention. Tim Thomas is on a one-year deal and could be attractive to some teams.
  • John Vogl: Fans are calling for Sabres GM Darcy Regier’s firing. Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton could be inline for a move to GM somewhere.

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Morning Rumors: Oilers, Flyers, Maple Leafs, Panthers, Rangers, Sabres and Devils

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun thinks the two best options for the Oilers in net are Jonas Hiller and Michal Neuvirth.
  • Mark Spector of Sportsnet: Both the Flyers and Oilers may be looking for a change. The Oilers have the scoring wingers in Ales Hemsky and Nail Yakupov that the Flyers could use. The Flyers have the size and grit of Wayne Simmonds, a defenseman in Braydon Coburn and a young center with size, Sean Couturier. Thomas Vanek could be a short-term fix in Philadelphia.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Jouranl: What Darren Dreger said to Dave Naylor on TSN 1050.

    Dreger: “Now you look at the need that the Edmonton Oilers have and there’s obvious interest in Jonas Hiller in Anaheim and there’s some speculation around (goalie Michael) Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals, but both those general managers have to be sitting here going, ‘Really? You know, I know I have an asset here.’ And Toronto is the same. I’m sure there would be interest in James Reimer if (Leafs GM) Dave Nonis were willing to consider it, but it is way, way, way too early in the season to do that, and you might get to the point, which is the trade deadline, where you also say, ‘Well, which one do I trade? Both of these guys have been very solid and I’d like to have both of these guys if I have a chance of contending for the Stanely Cup,’ or you’re certainly in the playoff mix. So when you’ve got a quality goaltender, you hold on tight. We have two of them. You’re very careful before you move one.”

    Naylor: “Dregs, if things got really desperate in Edmonton and we know the expectations are there, ‘Hey, we’re not the young Oilers. This is not development, this is not moral victories and we want to win,’ and they’re off to a rough start. They play tonight in Long Island. If things got really desperate there, and they said, ‘We got to do something. This goaltending thing is just a disaster. We’re willing to peel off a Nail Yakupov for a Reimer,’ would the Leafs do that?”

    Dreger: “I don’t think so.”

    Naylor: “Wow.”

    Dreger: “I don’t think so because I don’t know that Toronto or any team in the National Hockey League, including Edmonton, is sold on Nail Yakupov. And that sounds like a pretty stinging indictment of this young man, first overall in 2012, but he just hasn’t developed to a point yet where you’re going to spend an asset that you can trust to take a shot on this guy. And automatically you’d be wondering, ‘Why is Edmonton picking Nail Yakupov among all of their young stars, or potential young stars, and all of the assets that the Oilers have worked hard at over the years of accruing, why is Nail Yakupov the first guy that is thrown at us?’ There’d be some skepticism.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sources saying the Panthers are willing to move any of their veterans: Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, Shawn Matthias, Brad Boyes, Marcel Goc, Tom Gilbert and Dmitry Kulikov. Their top young prospects won’t be going anywhere.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish didn’t have any luck finding a goalie. Two league executives said their options are Michal Neuvirth, James Reimer and Brian Elliott. They may have looked at Craig Anderson and Cam Ward, but the sense is that neither Anderson or Ward are going anywhere. They won’t sign Ilya Bryzgalov.

    The Rangers are looking for a top-six forward and are dangling Chris Kreider.

    The Rangers may take a run at Thomas Vanek (if he goes to free agency) if they decide to buyout Brad Richards during the next buyout period after the season.

    Ryan Miller is expected to head towards the West Coast if he hits free agency.

    Devils coach Peter DeBoar could be on the hot seat if they continue to slide.

    The Rangers may have offered Henrik Lundqvist a long-term deal at $6 million per season. He’ll likely end up with an eight-year deal in the $7.5-$8 million range.

    The Flyers have tried since the summer to trade Andrej Mezsaros and his $5.5 million salary, $4 million cap hit. The Flyers would also like to move Nicklas Grossman.

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Injury Notes: Stalberg, Tropp, Bolland, Red Wings, Jagr, Voracek, Brown, Torres, Handzus, Hornqvist and Horton

  • Josh Cooper: Predators Viktor Stalberg will be out three to four weeks with a AC sprain in his right shoulder.
  • Elliotte Friendman: Sabres Corey Tropp is out five to six weeks with a broken jaw from Sunday’s fight with Jamie DevaneMike Harrington: Tropp passed concussion testing.
  • Rob Longley: The Maple Leafs didn’t practice yesterday, but center Dave Bolland (leg) skated by himself. Mark Masters: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that he expects Bolland to play on either Friday or Saturday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson is out with a thigh contusion. Jakub Kindl (hip flexor) and Daniel Alfredsson (groin) are still out. Ericsson said that his injury wasn’t serious and is expected to played Friday.
  • Rich Chere: Jaromir Jagr decided that he’d skate yesterday.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Jakub Voracek is status quo with regards to his upper-body injury.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings Dustin Brown took part in practice yesterday. Skated as an extra with the Clifford-Stoll-Lewis-Regehr-Doughty unit.
  • David Pollak: No update yesterday on Sharks Raffi Torres‘ ACL injury. Could find out today if surgery is required.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks second line center, Michal Handzus said he almost ready and should be ready for the opener.
  • Mike Vogl: Predators Patric Hornqvist left last nights game with a lower-body injury.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres coach Ron Rolston said that Joel Armia has a hand issue.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader received stitches to his left hand after being in a fight.
  • Aaron Portzline: Recovery is slow for Blue Jackets Nathan Horton. Shoulder surgery was bigger than first expected. His shoulder had been dislocated so many times that the bone around the socket had been chipped/worn away. Had bone taken from the front of shoulder and fused with the glenoid cavity to hopefully make the joint more stable.

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Injury Notes: Joni Pitkanen and Kris Versteeg

Jim Rutherford: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen had a CT scan yesterday. A prognosis won’t be known until Monday.

Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers Kris Versteeg skated yesterday for the first time since undergoing major ACL surgery last year. He was expected to miss the first month of the season, but expressed optimism of being able to start the season.

“Going at it a day at a time. I think the progression’s been pretty good,’’ said Versteeg, who has been skating for four weeks home in Lethbridge, B.C. “The rehab’s been there. It’s a long process but I my goal is to be ready for the start of the season. I don’t want to hop into a regular-season game without knowing what training camp is like but I think I’ll be in there for most of it.’’

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