Which Chicago Blackhawks might be available for deadline-hunting NHL teams?
Elliotte Friedman had a Friday morning radio hit on Toronto’s Sportsnet 590, and was asked about the possibility of Patrick Kane being moved.
“I don’t think so,” considered Friedman. “I think Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are - I hesitate to use the phrase ‘Blackhawks for life’ because you never know what can happen, but those guys are as close to being Blackhawks for life as anyone ever could be.
“When I see Chicago, I see two players that if they wanted to go, the Blackhawks would probably talk to about, ‘Where do you want to go.’ One is Duncan Keith, who has a no-move clause and it’s his call, and I think there’s a lot of teams out there - and maybe Duncan Keith isn’t a No. 1 defenseman anymore, but he’s still pretty good and he can really help you. He’s a guy, even though he’s 35 years old, he’s a physical marvel and he takes great care of himself.
“The other guy is Corey Crawford, who’s only got one more year under contract. Now, Crawford has had some injury problems and I think that that is one thing that you’d be wary about. But there’s a lot of teams looking for goalies and they haven’t been thrilled with what’s been out there. I think Crawford and Jonathan Quick are two guys that teams are going to wonder, ‘Okay, are these guys available.’
“Quick is another guy with injury problems. He’s got four more years. One more year at a big number, and then the salary really starts to drop. I think you’re going to see teams out there saying, ‘Hey, we don’t like what’s been available so far, what about these two.’
“And those are going to be the guys I think that get talked about more.”
Keith still has four seasons to go beyond this one on his 13-year, $72 million contract, and also has a no-trade clause written into it.
Crawford is in the fifth season of a six-year, $36 million contract, and has a modified no-trade clause, no-move clause included each season.
Quick is in the midst of a 10-year, $58 million contract that runs another four campaigns after 2018-19. His pact does not include any trade protection.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly