With the trade deadline approaching on Wednesday, now is the time to examine 5 players that the Hawks could be targeting.
- Boyd Gordon, C, Phoenix Coyotes- 2 Goals, 8 Assists, 58% FO Win Percentage
Gordon has never been a big offensive center. But he could address a glaring need for the Hawks which is a center to win a key faceoff. Toews wins close to 60 percent of his draws but every other center is way below 50 percent. If the Hawks are serious about upgrading the defense as well, they could try to get Rostislav Klesla or Derek Morris in a package from Phoenix. Daily Herald beat writer, Tim Sassone, has mentioned Gordon as a trade target consistently this season.
- Ryane Clowe, LW, San Jose Sharks- 0 Goals, 11 Assists
Clowe has been consistently mentioned in trade talks especially when San Jose was struggling. Clowe would be perfect on the Hawks third line as a physical presence that is willing to go to the dirty areas. However, San Jose has been hot recently and are currently sixth in the conference so they may be unwilling to deal Clowe.
- Michal Handzus, C, San Jose Sharks- 1 Goal, 1 Assist, 55% FO Win Percentage
Handzus is a big, physical center that could benefit playing with Kane and Sharp. At 36, Handzus is past his prime but it wouldn’t cost much to get the center. He might even be rejuvenated as he has never won a cup and his faceoff skills would come in handy for the Hawks.
- Derek Roy, C, Dallas Stars- 4 Goals, 18 Assists, 47% FO Win Percentage
Roy has been rumored forever to be going to the Hawks to try to solve their #2 center problem. Roy is 5’9” and a small center that wouldn’t help fulfill the problems of a small team that has been dominated by the Hawks. However, Roy brings a great offensive game even though his faceoff percentage leaves much to be desired.
- Steve Ott, C, Buffalo Sabres- 5 Goals, 13 Assists, 56% FO Win Percentage
Ott is the sandpaper and grit that the Hawks miss at times. He is willing to get dirty. However, that grit sometimes leads to dumb penalties. Ott is a gamer though who wins faceoffs and has great offensive potential. He could help protect teams from taking runs at players like Kane and Sharp. If the Hawks want to address defense as well, they could go after Robyn Regehr of the Sabres in a package. He is 6’3, 225 lbs and will bring that physical presence on defense that could help the Hawks.
These are some of the players that the Hawks could target over the next 2.5 days before the trade deadline. They are going to be looking for help to make them complete the Stanley Cup run. The biggest need is a center that can win faceoffs and play on the second line. Other needs could be a big, physical winger and another defenseman which the Hawks seem to covet from the Lubomir Visnovsky reports. It should be an interesting two and half days leading up to the trade deadline. The Hawks could make a move and they might stand pat. Only time will tell if it is the right decision.