File this one under trades that didn’t happen, but could still potentially be in the works at some point down the line.
Elliotte Friedman had a Tuesday afternoon radio hit on Vancouver’s Sportsnet 650, and revealed a juicy deal-related morsel.
During part of the overall conversation, the Insider was asked if he had a read on the direction of the Chicago Blackhawks.
“I think they’re selling. I do,” began Friedman. “I think the problem is you’re not trading Kane, you’re not trading Toews, Seabrook is a tough one to do. I think at some point in time they will ask Duncan Keith would he be willing to do it, I just don’t know if that time is going to be now.
“I think in Delia they have a potential goalie to take the mantle from Crawford, if Crawford can’t play anymore. He looks like he’s going to be a player.
“So I think the biggest thing is going to be what is the piece they decide that they can move. Is it Saad, is it something else. But I do think they’re going to be looking to breathe new life into their organization.”
As a follow-up, Friedman was asked if the list of untouchables on the Blackhawks was simply Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.
“I think it’s probably just those two,” agreed Friedman, although he qualified the answer after having had a moment to think.
“Actually, I shouldn’t say that,” continued the Insider. “I’m sure their best young players like Jokiharju - I’m sure they’re not interested in trading those guys. Those are the guys you’re building your - like, are they trading DeBrincat? No, I can’t see it.
“Before Peter Chiarelli got fired, I heard they were talking about something potentially big with Edmonton. But I don’t even know if that’s still on the map anymore. But I don’t know what they would have to give up that would really make Edmonton a ton better.
“So I think it’s very tough to say right now, but their best young players sure aren’t going anywhere, and their two top guys sure aren’t going anywhere.
“And Seabrook has to agree to anything, and so does Keith.”