Chicago Blackhawks: Are The Senators Barking to Make a Deal?

November 20th, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
As the tagging situation appears to be an issue the Chicago Blackhawks must address before putting the pen to paper with Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane , the rumors surrounding the team will undoubtedly start picking up.

Friday, the latest trade rumor appears to have the Hawks dealing Cam Barker to the Ottawa Senators. The alleged players coming back are, you guessed it, a couple of guys with expiring contracts. This deal intrigues me more than a Barker-for-Matt Cullen deal, though.

In the rumored scenario where the Hawks would move Barker to Carolina for veteran center Cullen, the Hawks would get an older center to anchor the second line in Dave Bolland’s absence. There is very little chance Cullen would be brought back, even though his brother is presently playing in the Blackhawks organization in Rockford.

In the proposed Ottawa deal, the Hawks would receive defenseman Alexandre Picard, 23, center Ryan Shannon, 26, and even potentially a draft pick. Both Picard and Shannon have the required expiring contracts, but both are also young and making small enough money that their retention could be considered in 2010-11 if they pe ...

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