January 19, 2018 | 4:59pm ET
CHICAGO COULD GO AFTER WINGER
Stan Bowman, GM
The Chicago Blackhawks may be in trouble with goaltender Corey Crawford out of the lineup for what could be the rest of the regular-season, but that won’t keep them from chugging along towards the playoffs.
With limited options available between the pipes in the trade market, outside of Detroit Red Wings backup Petr Mrazek, the Hawks may focus their efforts elsewhere in terms of acquiring outside help.
Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman already made one depth move, acquiring Anthony Duclair from the Arizona Coyotes, and helped free up additional salary cap space for future moves.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Blackhawks could go after help up front and target someone like Vancouver Canucks winger Thomas Vanek or Edmonton Oilers forward Patrick Maroon.
Both Vanek and Maroon can become unrestricted free agents July 1.
The Hawks may also pursue Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty, the Tribune reports, but such a move if much more complicated than going after a rental winger, and the cost for Pacioretty is believed to be extremely high and that might put Chicago out of the mix.
Bowman is expected to make another move leading up to the Feb. 26 trade deadline, and how bold of a deal could determine whether or not the team makes the post-season.
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