The Lightning Are Reportedly Targeting 3 Chicago Blackhawks

Published June 3, 2023 at 8:47
The Tampa Bay Lightning has been struggling to advance in the playoffs since 2019. They may have to reassess their strategy and consider trading some of their valuable players to stay competitive. Fortunately, the Chicago Blackhawks could offer some solutions.

The Blackhawks have several players and prospects that the Lightning could trade for and still maintain a competitive team in the future. Since the teams have traded before, there is a history that could facilitate future deals. Alex Killorn is one such player who may have to take a hometown discount to stay in Tampa Bay, or he might have to be traded to cut the cap.

The Blackhawks have numerous prospects and 11 picks available in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. Among the available players are Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk, who are not only affordable salary-wise but also familiar with the Lightning organization. Katchouk was drafted by the Lightning in 2016 and has a contract worth less than a million dollars for the past season.

Taylor Raddysh, who led the Blackhawks in goals and tied with Seth Jones for points, could also be a valuable addition to the Lightning. However, since he has proven himself, it might be harder to acquire him. Colin Blackwell would be an affordable option and a valuable penalty killer. With just over $1 million in cap space, he would be a cost-effective addition to the Lightning.

Lastly, the Lightning could consider making a pitch for Gavin Hayes, the Blackhawks' 3rd round pick in 2021. Hayes had an impressive season with the Flint Valley Firebirds, tallying 41 goals, and could easily play in the NHL or return to the OHL for more seasoning.

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The Lightning Are Reportedly Targeting 3 Chicago Blackhawks

Whom would you part with?

Taylor Raddysh3313 %
Boris Katchouk6726.5 %
Colin Blackwell10541.5 %
Gavin Hayes4819 %
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