As the NHL trade deadline approaches, Blackhawks blogger Scott Carney is starting to fear none of the eight key Chicago players will be dealt to other teams as he predicted last week.
“It’s no secret the Hawks are struggling right now,” said Carney, the self-proclaimed president and CEO of MadisonStreetFeatherhead.com. “So it’s only natural that they need to shake things up.”
With that thinking, Carney posted a 1,500-word rant last week stating the only way the Blackhawks could “reclaim the glory they’ve so quickly lost” was by immediately trading Brent Seabrook, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Corey Crawford, Brian Campbell, Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith. Despite backlash from all eight of his site’s regular visitors, including his mother, Carney has refused to back off his prediction.
“We still have a couple weeks until the trade deadline,” said Carney. “You can bet Stan Bowman is working the phones as we speak. It’s only a matter of time until all those guys are shipped out for some fresh blood.”
Carney also said in his rant that building the team around a great young talent like Jack Skille would be the best move for the Hawks. However, that insight also looked foolish after Skille was dealt to Florida earlier this week. Again, Carney stood by his sentiment.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Stan gets Skille back later this month in a five- or six-player deal with Florida that includes Hossa, Sharp and Seabrook,” said Carney. “My sources tell me it’s imminent. And by ‘my sources’ I mean a regular at the Billy Goat who may or may not be a babbling alcoholic.”