I'm not sure what Chicago's situation is. I know they already have good blue line depth, but that's mostly really young guys, is it not? Also, I remember reading that the Hawks may be a bit unhappy with Bell recently, and his being traded is a possibility.
I could be way off, here. I thought I'd throw it out there, anway. It's not like fans of our two wonderful organizations have much to talk about, these days.
The general perception is that Bell, if moved, will be packaged to get more scoring help on the top line. The Hawks say they also want a Dman to help run the powerplay, and Mara could help fill that role very nicely, but if Bell is indeed dealt, I'd like it to be for a forward rather than a defenseman. The deal is good value wise though.