January 15, 2019 | 11:29pm ET
BLACKHAWKS SHOPPING SAAD, ANISIMOV
Brandon Saad, forward
It’s no secret the Chicago Blackhawks are looking to retool for next season, having completed a few trades this season with an eye forwards the not-too-distant future.
Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has been active, searching for deals to improve his club for the 2019-20 campaign and appears to be dangling a couple of veteran players in an attempt to also shed some salary, one Western Conference source told TFP on Tuesday.
The Hawks are believed to be shopping forwards Brandon Saad and Artem Anisimov, or at the very least have made it known to the rest of the league that both are available.
Chicago already has pending unrestricted free agent forwards Chris Kunitz and Marcus Kruger on the trade block – Kunitz owns a full no-movement clause and will have to accept a deal in order to be moved.
Saad, 26, has two-years left on his contract after this season and carries a $6 million salary cap hit.
Anisimov, 30, also has two-years left on his deal, which comes with a $4.55 million cap hit. He, however, has a limited no-trade clause as part of his contract and can list 10 teams he would accept a trade to.
It’s unclear, at this point, if the Hawks are engaged in significant trade talks involving Saad or Anisimov, but some teams have expressed some levels of interest in each player, according to the Western Conference source.