It seemed like a certainty yesterday that the Chicago Blackhawks were going to acquire defenseman Mark Stuart from the Boston Bruins for a pick but as the day progressed nothing new was being reported or even rumored on that front.
As today unfolded the Bruins and Toronto Maple Leaf consummated a trade that send prized defenseman Tomas Kaberle to the Bruins in exchange for prospect Joe Colborne and Boston’s first round pick in 2011. After that trade was finalize, Blackhawks fans believed that it might be possible that the Bruins would then need to off load some salary and the ‘Hawks might be able to snatch Stuart for a pick.
But that was not to be as the Bruins immediately shipped Stuart and forward Blake Wheeler to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for forward Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik. Now Stuart could still get moved again by the Thrashers who already have six solid defenseman but preliminary reports are that Stuart is likely staying with the Thrash for the time being.
So what does all of this mean for the Blackhawks?
Likely it means that they have to move on to another target. According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago the Blackhawks have expressed interest in other defenseman such as Steve Montador, Matt Hunwick, and Ladislav Smid.
Smid and Hunwick would be interesting options for the ‘Hawks as the two of them are still under team control and would be more than just a one year fix much like Montador or Stuart would be.
Whether the ‘Hawks make a deal now or on the day of the trade deadline I would expect something to get done that would net the ‘Hawks another defenseman as Stan Bowman has continually stated that he is in the market for a depth defenseman.
Now all we can do is just play the waiting game.
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