Blackhawks Rumors: Jason Dickinson Garnering Trade Interest

The Chicago Blackhawks have struggled this season, and understandably so. Their roster is just too weak and it isn't a season where much was expected. A couple of offseason moves have crashed and burned through either a serious injury or incident, and the young players have to continue to take over the team. This means assets being sold off this season.

One of the best assets the Blackhawks have is in a rental, Jason Dickinson. He will become a UFA at the end of the season and got some trade interest last season. The 28-year-old has a fairly cheap cap hit ($2.65 million AAV) for what he has provided the Blackhawks. The big centerman is a staple on the third line and has produced offensively this season with nine goals and 14 points in 27 games. A team at the bottom of the standings can't ask for much more in terms of offensive production from a bottom-six player while also contributing all over the ice.

There is going to be a lot of interest for a big depth forward that can do a lot for his team before the trade deadline this season. With how the season has already gone and with how teams aren't afraid to make trades prior to the deadline, I can see a team making a play for Dickinson earlier this season. Acquiring a player earlier in the season allows for more time to settle in before playoffs. The Blackhawks can easily retain some salary if need be and they would be able to get more young players into the lineup for better development.

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