Chicago Blackhawks Busy Making (Minor) Moves

Chicago Blackhawks Busy Making (Minor) Moves

Since the end of the Olympics, the Blackhawks have made a series of minor moves.

After losing defenseman Mike Kostka to Tampa Bay via waivers, the organization also lost AHL defenseman Viktor Svedberg to season-ending shoulder surgery. With Svedberg out, the Hawks traded forward Brad Winchester to Minnesota for AHL defenseman Brian Connelly. Connelly had been an AHL All-Star with the IceHogs before he was dealt to Calgary in 2012.

After Stan Bowman told the media the Hawks were not shopping before the Stadium Series game on Saturday, the Blackhawks traded center Brandon Pirri to Florida for a third round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and a fifth round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Pirri will rejoin former IceHogs teammates Dylan Olsen and Jimmy Hayes on the Panthers; they were traded to Florida in the Kris Versteeg deal earlier this season.

Also on Sunday, our friends at The Fourth Period reported that the Blackhawks are kicking the tires on deals for Vancouver center Ryan Kesler and/or New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur.

Then on Monday, the Hawks announced that the organization and forward Brandon Bollig had agreed on a three-year, $3.75M contract extension.

Soon after the Bollig news broke, coach Joel Quenneville told the media that forward Marian Hossa will miss 2-3 weeks with an upper body injury. Hossa was hit behind Pittsburgh's net on Saturday night during a Hawks power play in the first period and did not return to the game.

 

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    While Kesler would be a good addition, what would the cost be? Let's see: Young proven forward, a prospect AND a high draft pick? The Hawks "young proven forwards" like Shaw or Saad have a lot more upside than Kesler, with the earlier trades this year, the Hawks went from one of the strongest prospect lists to middle or the road or just a little better IMHO. Vancouver seems like they are setting the trade price high, just to say to his agent "see, his value isn't that great, no one jumped for him, here is what he should sign for." As for Brodeur, adding a 41 net minder doesn't seem to be a pressing need at this point, especially since the Devils won't give him away for free.

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