Friedman report about TVR, not sure what to make of it. Every non-core Hawks' player is available. After Saad, Teravainen, Paliotta (signing drama), etc. were moved, I think it's safe to say anybody not named Keith, Kane, Crawford, Toews, Hjalmarsson, and maybe Seabrook could be shipped out for the right price.
With the WC of hockey thing, lots of chatter and then a few sounds in the wind constitute a rumor. TVR is stuck in Chicago, they have too many dmen that want to play the right side and TVR struggled on the left. Pokka or TVR will be eligible in the expansion draft, and that trade value will drop as more gms flood the market with depth dmen. Both play (or prefer to play) the right side at the blueline. Better to move at least one of them to address the forward position. Wheeling out 4 or 5 rookies + Tootoo will be able to get some points in the regular season but that's a losing recipe come the spring.
Since TVR is dirt cheap for a full season after this one, and because he's been very versatile, I would suspect he goes a long way in acquiring a good top 9 forward option.
Something else to keep in mind for possible Hawks trades is the total contracts. Right now, Bowman has 6 contract slots open for example. I suspect a few of those are to attract NCAA SRs but the rest will be used to add value to a trade. Lots of budget teams have Jared Boll types (900K one way contracts) and they'll want to get rid of real dollars in a trade. Chicago can take on that contract an bury it without negative cap implications. In other words, look for Bowman to make a larger trade with expensive AHL types. They're tight against the cap but Bowman still has plenty of money to burn.
Scuderi might retire too, that would free up an additional 1.125 million.
Dollars available in Rockford+assets (prospects, picks, contract slots), + TVR or Pokka+ existing capspace= plenty of opportunity to land a pretty good top 9 forward on a salary retained transaction.
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