June 14, 2017
Over the past few seasons, we have seen more major NHL trades made during the draft than at the trade deadline. The next couple of weeks will be even more crazy with you add the upcoming expansion draft.
The Chicago Blackhawks have been at the center of a ton of trade rumors over the last couple of weeks. We have all heard the reports that both Marcus Kruger and Trevor van Riemsdyk will be heading to the Vegas Golden Knights. There has also been a ton of speculation about another veteran getting moved, like Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson.
Respected insider was a guest on Montreal’s TSN 690 AM on Tuesday morning and had plenty to say about what could happen with the Blackhawks over the next few days.
“Well again, the speculation suggests that it’s going to be a defenseman,” Dreger told host Connor McKenna, via Fan Rag Sports. “I don’t see how it can be Brent Seabrook. I think that he’s still very important to the Chicago Blackhawks. I think that one would be really, really complicated. His family has just expanded, so he’s entrenched in Chicago.
“Hjalmarsson’s name is kind of out there, but sort of in that same vein. If Stan Bowman is going to have to make a real tough call, then maybe Hjalmarsson is going to be the odd man out.
“I still think that there’s this connection to the Vegas Golden Knights with Marcus Kruger and Trevor van Riemsdyk, and I believe that that’s one of the deals that George McPhee from the Vegas Golden Knights is likely going to announce. My understanding is it’s not done yet, but they’re working to that direction. But that’s not going to be enough, just moving out Kruger’s contract and TVR’s.
“So if Hjalmarsson is even remotely out there, I can tell you the market would be strong. I, while covering the Stanley Cup Final, just floated his name to a couple of teams in the NHL. The response was, ‘If he’s out there, we’d be interested.’
“So not always where there’s smoke there’s fire, but in this case given the cap situation of the Chicago Blackhawks they have to be willing to consider just about anything.”
This is going to be a wild finish to the month of June!