Chicago Shuffle: Could a Cam Barker Trade Open the Door for Chris Chelios?

November 23rd, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
Trade rumors are still flying around the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, but nothing has been substantiated yet.

The most prevalent rumor has the Blackhawks sending defenseman Cam Barker to Ottawa for defenseman Alexandre Picard and center Ryan Shannon. Also, in some way related to this transaction, Hawks defenseman Brent Sopel would somehow end up in Toronto.

While Barker and Sopel have been the most regular names in trade rumors lately, moving both of them would put the Hawks into a tough situation on their blue line. Right now, the Hawks only have seven defensemen with the team. Jordan Hendry is regularly a healthy scratch.

Moving both Barker and Sopel and only receiving one defenseman, Picard, in return would leave the Hawks shorthanded on the blue line.

Or would it?

Currently skating for the AHL's independent Chicago Wolves is 47-year-old future Hall of Famer and Blackhawks hero Chris Chelios.

Chelios has been pretty clear about his desire to get back into the NHL and he has also been fairly blunt about wanting to play for a winner that’s also close to his suburban Chicago home.

Put two and ...

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