Chicago Blackhawks: Are They Talking Trade With Toronto?

November 22nd, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
At the end of October , there were rumors that the Chicago Blackhawks had been exchanging interest with the Toronto Maple Leafs, which led to a flurry of speculation around the players either side would have interest in if a trade was imminent.

Both teams’ general managers, the Blackhawks’ Stan Bowman and Toronto’s Brian Burke, didn’t say much at that point. However, the evolution of November has hit both teams, and circumstances are becoming more immediate for a potential deal to go down.

The Blackhawks are negotiating new contracts with three of their best players right now, but keeping Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith likely means someone else on the current Hawks roster has to leave. If the “tagging rule” means as much as it appears it does, such a move might have to happen before the three new deals are signed.

The Hawks have said they would like to have everything ready for a press conference when the team returns from the Circus Trip at the beginning of December.

Meanwhile, Burke was quoted by The Fourth Period (TFP)  on November 19 as saying “I have been exploring the trade front since I got here, ...

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