General manager Stan Bowman has said he doesn't envision the Blackhawks making a splashy move before Wednesday's trade deadline.
The Hawks made a minor deal Friday to acquire Tomas Jurco from the Red Wings for a third-round pick. If Bowman holds true to his word, it will be the first time in a few years they won't be major players at the deadline.
Just in case circumstances change, here's a primer on some players who might be moved — to the Hawks or others — before Wednesday afternoon.
ForwardsPatrick Sharp Jim Mone / AP
Dallas Stars' Patrick Sharp skates against the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 16, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn.
Dallas Stars' Patrick Sharp skates against the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 16, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn.(Jim Mone / AP)
Patrick Sharp, LW, Stars (7 goals, 8 assists): A reunion between Sharp and his former team is unlikely, but the ex-Hawk is an attractive target for a team in need of a top-six winger. His numbers are down because he has battled concussion issues, but he is back playing and has a bevy of playoff experience.
Matt Duchene, C, Avalanche (16 G, 20 A): One of the top targets on the trade market will carry a hefty price tag to acquire him, and his $6 million salary-cap hit could create issues.
Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Avalanche (13 G, 13 A): One of the few players on the market not on an expiring deal. The Hawks did look into Landeskog this season. He is signed through 2021, but a contender who acquires him can always flip him again in the offseason.
Thomas Vanek, LW, Red Wings (15 G, 23 A): He could be a fit for the Hawks at left wing, but the price tag is likely to be steep. Besides, the Hawks already got someone with a similar first name from the Wings.
Brian Gionta, RW, Sabres (12 G, 15 A): The Sabres captain would reportedly like to stay in Buffalo but might be headed elsewhere before the offseason.
Jarome Iginla, RW, Avalanche (8 G, 10 A): The 39-year-old has seen a drop-off in production but could make for an interesting flier for a team looking for veteran depth up front.
Brian Boyle, C, Lightning (13 G, 9 A): He has a reasonable cap hit at $2 million given his experience and production. He scored five goals in 17 playoff games last season for the Lightning.
DefensemenKevin Shattenkirk Billy Hurst / AP
St. Louis Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk handles the puck during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 5, 2017, in St. Louis.
St. Louis Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk handles the puck during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 5, 2017, in St. Louis.(Billy Hurst / AP)
Johnny Oduya, Stars (1 G, 6 A): If the Hawks are going to make a big swing, bringing Oduya back could be a possibility. They have tried for a season and a half to replace him as a top-four defenseman since the 2015 Stanley Cup run. Why not replace Oduya with ... Oduya? The only issue would be cost. The Stars should be able to net a good return for Oduya, who despite health issues this season has something left in the tank at 35.
Kevin Shattenkirk, Blues (11 G, 31 A): Even though the Blues are contenders, they are looking to ship Shattenkirk, whom they do not think they can re-sign in the offseason.
Dmitry Kulikov, Sabres (1 G, 1 A): He's a good skater and he can eat up more than 20 minutes per night, but his ability to stay healthy is a concern.
Trades already made
Martin Hanzal and Ryan White to Wild: The former Coyotes went to the Hawks' rival in the Central in one of the biggest moves before the deadline. The Wild paid a steep price — a 2017 first-round pick, a 2018 second-rounder and a 2019 conditional fourth-rounder plus a prospect. Some fans may want Bowman to counter, but he is unlikely to be moved by a significant trade in the division.
Patrick Eaves to Ducks: The Ducks struck quickly to land Eaves from the Stars for a conditional second-round pick. Eaves was one of the most attractive targets in that he has a small cap hit ($1 million) and is having a great year (21 G, 16 A).
Ben Bishop to Kings: The Lightning dealt one of their two quality goaltenders in exchange for backup goalie Peter Budaj, minor-leaguer Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick and a conditional pick.
The NHL trade deadline is Wednesday, March 1, so here's a look at the best and worst Blackhawks trades ever.(Chris Kuc)
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