Thursday morning trade rumors

While the Blackhawks were skating to their 3rd straight victory on Wednesday evening, the United Center press box was packed with scouts from various NHL clubs.

According to Tim Sassone, there were 12 scouts in attendance including 4 from Atlanta, 3 from Dallas and 2 from the New York Islanders. 
There has been speculation that the Hawks could be interested in bringing back 4th line grinder Ben Eager from Atlanta; I don't like the idea, but it is a possibility nonetheless.
Here are some other tidbits I've gathered recently:
  • Interest in Brent Seabrook remains strong. The Hawks aren't necessarily shopping him, but it would be dumb not to listen to offers. At least 11 teams are seeking Seabrook's services. I doubt Stan Bowman would move Seabrook mid-season, especially if the Hawks continue to climb the standings. 
  • The Hawks are shopping Jack Skille and Viktor Stalberg. I've written previously that a Skille deal to Toronto was close until Leafs GM Brian Burke tried to add other major pieces to the deal. Could the lowly Islanders be interested in Skille's services? His impressive goal last night may have helped the cause. I have no specifics on Stalberg besides that the Hawks are beginning to wonder if he will ever produce. Speed can only go so far in the NHL. Stalberg proves that on a consistent basis. 
  • There is at least one Eastern Conference team interested in Tomas Kopecky. My opinion on this? Take him. Kopecky's value will never be higher than it is right now. His production this season (7 and 19 in 44 games) is probably double what his actual value is. He's played well at times but often hamstrings the team by taking bad penalties. If the Hawks can bring back a steady defenseman in return, it would be beneficial for the team in the long run. 
The NHL rumor mill continues to heat up as we coast into the second half of the season. 
What the Hawks plan on doing remains a mystery, but it appears they could be more active at the deadline than in recent years.
-JT

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