The Chicago Blackhawks dropped a big game last night to the Calgary Flames.
The Hawks jumped out to the early 1-0 lead but gave up two goals in the second period and lost the game 2-1.
It was important because the Hawks are just as close to the Wild Card as they are to the Western Conference basement.
Chicago could be sellers at the trade deadline and according to Craig Custance of The Athletic, the team has three players who will likely be moved.
Custance put together his latest Top 10 Trade Board for the deadline and two Hawks' players finds himself in the Top 10, Corey Crawford and Erik Gustafsson.
6. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks – Both Crawford and Robin Lehner are unrestricted free agents and it looks like Lehner is playing his way into Chicago’s future. But that can all change quickly and this spot is essentially a placeholder for either one. Even with Crawford’s playoff experience, Lehner might have more value for his recent play. “He’s like a linebacker in there,” said one NHL source of Lehner. “If there’s a guy like him available at the trade deadline, there’s a ton of value there. And there’s a ton of value with (Crawford). That’s two No. 1 goalies … two huge trade chips.”
8. Erik Gustafsson, Chicago Blackhawks – He has his defensive flaws but also put up 60 points last year. He’s best suited on a third pair and to help boost your power play. A team like Vegas, which could use more offense from its back end, might make sense but it has to know what it’s getting. “Lots of (questionable) plays but he is super skilled,” texted one source.
It's kind of surprising considering everybody has Brandon Saad getting traded but Custance has Crawford and Gustafsson in his top 10. Custance also has Saad listed, however later on down the list at 20.
20. Brandon Saad, Chicago Blackhawks – Other teams believe that he could probably be pried out of Chicago, but one executive conceded that GM Stan Bowman is likely to keep him “unless someone blows him away.”
Do you think any of these guys will get moved?