Blackhawks Will Have Tough Time Trading Anthony Beauvillier

Anthony Beauvillier's career has gone downhill since his early days on the New York Islanders. He stopped producing at the level he was capable of and was included in the return to the Vancouver Canucks in the Bo Horvat trade. Once again, it didn't work out in Vancouver pretty quickly and the Canucks were in a spot where they needed to move out money up front to add to their back-end.

That is exactly what ended up happening as Beauvillier was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks this season for a fifth round pick. This is a poor return, but understandable for the Canucks to just move someone who isn't contributing.

While Beauvillier should have been given a great look on the Blackhawks who are at the bottom of the standings and have a very weak roster, the winger has found himself on the fourth line already on the worst team in the league. He has just three goals and 11 points in 32 games, and has a cap hit of $4.15 million AAV until the end of this season.

The Blackhawks saw an opportunity to fill in a spot on forward after Taylor Hall and Corey Perry were taken out of the lineup. It cost very little and the hope is that the team would be able to flip him by the trade deadline with cap retention. This doesn't hurt them, but the plan may not go over as they hoped. The return has to at least be a fifth round pick to break even, but now on the fourth line with one goal and three points in 10 games, I don't see many teams showing interest when there will be other more reliable options out there for a similar cost to acquire.

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