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02-11-2013, 08:36 PM
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Chapin Landvogt
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Originally Posted by HyeDray View Post
That is a solid deal for both teams assuming it is something a very good Hawks team would want to do. Do they want to move Hjalmarsson? shaw has some promise as well. Both teams could benefit and I think that is what you would want from a deal.
Well, they do have a lot of Dmen who are NHLers right now and Olsen is said to be ready, albeit he's truly a defense first guy (think Strait).

Also, Hjalmarsson costs 3.5 million per and the team was (reportedly) really iffy about retaining him at that cost. Moving on into the future, Chitown is going to have some financial concerns to take care of. You can imagine what they have invested alone in Hossa, Sharp, Toews, Kane, Keith and Seabrook.

Again, if Okposo becomes a steady 25-30-55 guy for them with all their star power and de Haan actually overcomes the shoulder problems to develop into at least another Nick Leddy type, then it could be a huge deal for them moving forward.

Hjalmarsson would be kind of like adding another MacDonald to our group (maybe not the same quality puckmover, but more physical) and Shaw has been solid in his short time in the NHL. He's naturally still very young, but Chicago truly has a good group of up-n-coming forwards anyways. Look no further than guys like Saad, Teruvainen, Danault, McNeil, Morin, Smith and even Pirri.

I'd think a deal like this can help both teams now (moreso the Isles) and in the future (likely moreso Chicago).

And as stated, while shoring up the blueline, it would free up the option of moving primarily Streit.

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