Blues under the microscope after Blackhawks’ trades

The Chicago Blackhawks have been busy. Heading into Monday’s trade deadline, the Blackhawks made big news by acquiring Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers and Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes. The Blackhawks parted with a total of three picks and Klas Dahlbeck to pick up both Timonen and Vermette.

What do these trades mean for the Blues? As previously discussed when the Predators made a couple moves, the Blues’ rivals in the Central are adding pieces at the deadline. Chicago was forced to add some talent following Patrick Kane’s injury, but the fact of the matter is that the teams surrounding the Blues are working to bolster their lineups.

There’s still plenty of time left before the deadline passes, but these trades place a great deal of pressure on the Blues. Though it’s a sellers market in every sense of the word, the Blues may not be able to afford standing pat while the direct competition improves. No one is advocating that the Blues should trade just to trade or to give up more value than is reasonable, but the Blues also can’t afford to be left behind. The Blues have some clear weaknesses and they need to address them especially now that other Western teams have been active.

Will the Blues make a move before Monday’s deadline? We’ll have to wait and see, but the odds of a trade being made might be stronger now that both Nashville and Chicago have added assets.

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