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11-17-2008, 01:31 PM
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Northern Virginia
Chicago is doing very nicely by recent Blackhawks standards, but they aren't going to win their division and are therefore likely to be in a dogfight for the last playoff spots all season long. For example, right now there is a four-way tie for 6th/7th/8th/9th in the west. Chicago is in the middle of that fight.
I don't expect the Blackhawks to be comfortable at any point in the season, and veteran second-line center remains an area of need.
Defense? There is room to deal from strength in quality youth there, and not hurt the club in the here and now; just arguably, hurting them in future.
Goal? They probably do not want to give up Khabibulin, who is playing very well, and rely on Huet, who isn't terrible but who is also not inspiring confidence. Right now, Chicago feels lucky to still have Khabibulin.
If they can solve their center problem and still retain both goalies until they are confident in the one they are prepared to keep, I think that would be the Chicago preference. Would they give up youth to do it? Maybe so.
Still, it's the cap concerns of both clubs that makes figuring out a trade so problematic. The money needs to even out nearly exactly, unless there is a third party involved, or a separate trade in which the Caps or Blackhawks obtain cap space.
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