The Chicago Blackhawks have been buyers at the Trade Deadline the past several seasons, looking for that extra piece to bolster playoff chances. But Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Thursday that the team won't be in the same mode this deadline. "I don't expect us to be a buyer this year and it's nothing to do with where we are in the standings," Bowman said on Blackhawks Pregame Live. "Some of these young guys, we're expecting them to take that next step. Bringing someone in to bump them out of the lineup doesn't make sense right now. I wouldn't expect us to be in that rental mode, where you're bringing in a veteran player. That's the one thing that's tough: you take someone's spot who's been here all year. That's not the way we're going to head." The Blackhawks (24-22-8, 56 points), who are eight points out of the second wild-card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference, have been working younger players into their lineup this season. Forwards Alex DeBrincat, 20, and Nick Schmaltz, 21, have been productive playing in the Blackhawks' top six; Schmaltz is second on the team with 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) and DeBrincat is fourth with 34 points (19 goals, 15 assists). Anthony Duclair, 22, acquired from the Arizona Coyotes last month, has played well on the top line with DeBrincat and Jonathan Toews. Defenseman Jordan Oesterle, 25, has become an everyday player.
Blackhawks not buying this season
NHL.com | Feb 9