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Front-runners emerge in Jonathan Toews sweepstakes

Could this be the landing spot for the Hawks’ captain?


Trade rumours have taken over Chicago, though most of the chatter has target Blackheads’ forward Patrick Kane. However, captain Jonathan Toews has also heard his name in trade circles and has been linked in the past to his hometown of Winnipeg and the Jets.

Now, NBC Sports Chicago’s Charlie Roumeliotis believes Toews could also become a target of the Colorado Avalanche, especially with the veteran on pace to score 30 goals for just the fourth time in his career.
Like Winnipeg, Colorado could use Toews as a second or third-line center for additional depth and boost up front. This is how Roumeliotis puts it:

“He’s a streaky scorer, but it’s still a noteworthy pace. I’m having a hard time figuring out what teams might give up to potentially acquire him at the deadline, if he wants to be moved. He obviously has a full no-movement clause and his contract is what it is, but he would be a perfect second or third-line center for a contender. Colorado? Winnipeg?”

There is a sense that Toews will take a closer look at his future in the new year. Same goes for Kane, as both players are very attached to Chicago. While interested teams will have to work about Toews’ $10.5 million AAV and no-mouvement clause, Winnipeg and Colorado could also have to compete with the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes for his services. The Blackhawks could be asked for another asset to make the money issue go away and absorb part of the captain’s salary.

Let’s see what happens to the Hawks’ captain now that we get closer and closer to the March 3rd deadline.

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