July 3, 2009 | 1:33am ET
Blackhawks trying to trade


The Blackhawks are believed to be in the market for a big, physical defenseman, and could be looking the trade route to get one.

Sources tell TFP the Hawks have been scouring the market for a strong blueliner for some time and are willing to give up a roster player in order to get what they want.

"We're looking for the right guy, maybe on the back end," Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon told the Chicago Daily News. "We have a lot of assets we can trade."

It's uncertain, at this point, who the Hawks might be targeting, but one report suggests Tallon would consider dealing forward Patrick Sharp if the right offer came along.

Young defenseman Cam Barker, a restricted free agent, is also believed to be available for trade.

From the Editor: I'd be a little surprised if the Hawks moved Sharp at this stage of the game. I wouldn't be shocked, though, if Barker ends up being dealt. Chicago really wants a defensive-minded blueliner with an attitude. -- David Pagnotta.
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