Chicago Blackhawks Prospects Earning Respect, Recognition

December 3rd, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
On the day that the Chicago Blackhawks lock up more of their core with contract extensions, fans can look forward to the team’s future with great anticipation.

But with the news that Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Duncan Keith are getting big raises, there is also concern over which players on the current roster might have to leave to make room for the financial considerations being made to keep this great group together.

The position that’s drawn the most interest, intrigue, and rumors has been the Hawks’ blue line, where Brent Sopel and Cam Barker have seen their names headed to nearly every corner of North America in the last few weeks.

Sopel has been rumored to be headed to Toronto, Carolina, and even Rockford, while Barker’s been rumored to be a popular name in Ottawa, Carolina, and New York to say the least. 

Barker, who was selected with the third overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft following Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin (and coincidentally before Andrew Ladd, the fourth overall pick), is a player that carries a lot of unsettled emotion with Hawks fans. He’s still just 23 years old, so many fans still hold out ...

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