Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011
By Tracey Myers
With a day and change remaining until the trade deadline, Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman still has his eye on depth and defense.
Bowman, who spoke as the Blackhawks wrapped up their Saturday afternoon practice at Johnnys Ice House, said theres still plenty of talk going on but nothing to report yet.
Were still looking for depth at center and a defenseman to eat up some minutes for us, said Bowman. Its the same thing weve been looking for over the last month or two. I think its about trying to find the right fit with salary and there are a lot of higher-price guys who dont fit into our plans. I think there are a lot (of teams) looking for a similar thing. Well keep talking. Hopefully something will work out.
The trade deadline is 2 p.m. CST on Monday. The Blackhawks will be in Minnesota playing the Wild that night.
The Blackhawks freed up roster and cap space when they put Nick Boynton on waivers on Friday. The 31-year-old defenseman was picked up by the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. The Blackhawks have about 2 million in cap space as the trade deadline looms.
Bowman said were not adding an All-Star player to the mix. Were looking for a situational-type upgrade.
The Blackhawks traded Jack Skille and two others to Florida for Michael Frolik and goaltender Alexander Salak in early February, but Bowman said hed rather not touch the main roster again.
Were kind of starting to come together as a group. Its taken a while, but were not looking to change the core guys. Were looking to add to the mix instead of take from it, Bowman said. Were continuing down the path we charted a while ago. We dont think we need drastic changes here and hopefully we can do something.
The Blackhawks have won three in a row and four of their last five heading into Sunday nights game against the Phoenix Coyotes. If the Blackhawks stand pat, Bowman said hes happy with the product on the ice. If they can tweak, theyll do so.
Youre looking at things to make us a better hockey team. Things are always tight when you look at the economics of our situation. Deals are hard to make and its always a tough situation, coach Joel Quenneville said. At the end of the day we still like our team in a lot of ways, but if we can add depth or improvement in some areas, thats what were looking for.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.