February 18, 2019 | 1:38pm ET
WARD, KRUGER ON THE TRADE BLOCK?
Cam Ward, goaltender
The Chicago Blackhawks are just three-points out of the final wildcard spot in the Western Conference, but with four teams to climb over and a sub-.500 record, the playoffs might be a stretch this season.
Chicago’s managed to turn its season around, and has gone 8-2-0 in its last 10 games, but GM Stan Bowman might be focused on solidifying his team as a contender for the 2019-20 campaign.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Blackhawks goaltender Cam Ward and winger Marcus Kruger could be dealt by next Monday’s 3pm ET trade deadline.
Ward owns a full no-movement clause and would have to approve any trade the Blackhawks attempt to make, while Kruger has a seven-team no-trade list. Both players are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents July 1.
The Tribune also suggests defencemen Gustav Forsling, Slater Koekkoek and Carl Dahlstrom, and forwards John Hayden and Brendan Perlini could also be dealt – all but Hayden are set to become restricted free agents this summer, while Hayden has one-year left on his contract after this season.
TFP has reported veteran forwards Brandon Saad and Artem Anisimov have also been discussed in trade talk with other teams – both players rank on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List.
Anisimov owns a 10-team trade list, while Saad does not have any no-trade protection. They both have two-years left on their contracts after this season.