Cap Space: $4.5 million
Needs: Weighed down by aging pieces of their fallen dynasty, the rebuilding Blackhawks must get younger. They want draft picks and/or prospects at every position.
Availability: Chicago’s UFA rentals aren’t high-end and thus won’t net anything exciting. The Hawks’ best pieces to dangle are veterans with term left on their deals. GM Stan Bowman might have to swallow some salary to facilitate a trade.
UFAs: M. Kruger (C), C. Kunitz (LW), C. Ward (G)
Trade Bait: There’s always a market for big centers capable of playing in a contending team’s middle-six. Artem Anisimov is 30 and past his prime, but he’d attract interest if Chicago eats some of his $4.55-million cap hit – likely 50 percent, given he has two years left on his deal. A clause in Anis...
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