Chicago Blackhawks Getting Help From Central Division Moves?

June 19th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
Six days remain until the beginning of the NHL Draft, but the trading has started with a flurry.

On Thursday, the St. Louis Blues dealt forward prospects Lars Eller and Ian Schultz to the Montreal Canadiens for postseason hero, goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Then, on Saturday morning, the Philadelphia Flyers dealt defenseman Ryan Parent to the Nashville Predators for the rights to RFA Dan Hamhuis. Later Saturday, the Preds dealt Jason Arnott to the New Jersey Devils for a 2011 second round pick and prospect Matt Halischuk.

All of these deals involve teams in the Central Division and both of the Halak and Hamhuis deals the rights to restricted free agents, which is an intriguing mix from the perspective of the Chicago Blackhawks .

First, the move of Halak to St. Louis makes the Central Division arguably the best group of netminders of any division in the NHL. Starting next year, the Central will be the home of Halak, Jimmy Howard, Pekka Rinne and defending champion Antti Niemi. All four of these goalies ranked in the top 13 in goals against last year, and combined for 22 shutouts.

That doesn't help the Blackhawk ...

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