EDM/CHI speculation (with a source)
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09-28-2003, 07:06 PM
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Mark Bell can play all three forward positions. After Tuomo Ruutu, Bell should be considered as the second-most untradeable NHL player the Hawks have. Zhamnov-Arnason-Ruutu-Nichol are their centers. Yakubov's gonna stay another year in the AHL (although he may get a brief call-up or two during the second half), and Igor Korolev should/will be in the AHL this season, as the mentor to the Russian/Ukrainian/Kazakh players: Mikhail Yakubov, Anton Babchuk, Vladimir Gusev, Dmitry Levinski, and -- if he doesn't stay up in the NHL full-time -- Pavel Vorobiev.
If one of Kyle Calder or Bell is gonna be traded, I think most -- if not all -- Hawks fans would elect to keep Bell over Calder. Bell has a higher upside (maybe 20-25 goals, 50-60 points) and is 6-4/205.
And no, the Blackhawks are not the worst team in the league. They won't finish in the bottom 5, and they shouldn't even finish in the bottom 10, despite all the young players they have this season.
Especially if you add comrie and his 60-70 points to your lineup. There is no way Comrie is going for a draft pick. The most likely thing on your team would be Mcarthy and Vorobiev or Yakubov.
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