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February 6, 2012 | 9:59am ET
Hawks remain on the lookout

Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is still looking for defensive help prior to the Feb. 27 NHL trade deadline. reports that there is nothing imminent since there are currently a lot more buyers than sellers around the league with so many clubs still in the playoff race.

Although Bowman keeps considering potential options to improve on the back end, he still believes in his team.

"We've said for a while we'd like to strengthen our defense," Bowman told NHL Home Ice. "I'm comfortable to the way we have our personnel currently, knowing that there are always opportunities to improve that group. Our top four defensemen have played very well, but you do concern yourself with overloading them too much, so if you've got guys in the third pair that can eat up some more of those minutes it would be an ideal situation."

The Blackhawks have lost five consecutive contests and give up an average of 2.92 goals per game, ranking 25th in the league. They however consider the winless streak as part of the ups and downs of the season.

Meanwhile, Bowman prefers to focus on solutions as he studies the market for a potential moves for a push at a Stanley Cup run.

"We've got players in mind that might help us out, but they really aren't available at the moment so we're trying to improve from within," Bowman said. "As we get closer to the deadline that will play itself out more."

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