5 potential trade deadline moves for the Chicago Blackhawks

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Calvin de Haan

Calvin de Haan has been a part of trade talks for a long time. When the Blackhawks acquired him in 2019, it seemed like a slam dunk of a trade. The Blackhawks acquired a talented defensive defenseman that was getting paid a reasonable amount until 2022.

However, now that his contract is nearing its end, the Blackhawks should be looking to gather some assets. Considering that the New York Rangers are looking like they will be making the playoffs, trading for de Haan makes a lot of sense. Most of their defensemen are young, and he provides a veteran presence and playoff experience. The Rangers could get a lot of use out of him.

As far as the return for de Haan, a fifth-round pick seems like a fair deal. Most likely, a fifth-round pick is an extent of what could be worked out of this trade, but potentially that could be pushed with a few more assets.

Regardless, this trade is all about recouping assets for the Blackhawks before de Haan’s contract expires. If all they receive in return for this trade is a draft pick, they will still be getting more in this trade than if they let de Haan go in free agency this summer.