The draft and free agent signing period is almost here and we here at the Daily Shootout have decided to prepare a 4 point offseason plan for each team, organized by division. Today we look at the Central division:
1. Upgrade their goaltending situation – It doesn’t look like a Corey Crawford and Ray Emery platoon is going to get the Blackhawks back into the upper echelon of Western Conference teams. This can be done by bringing in someone like Josh Harding or making a trade of either Patrick Kane or Brent Seabrook.
2. Decide what to do with Patrick Kane – speaking of Kane, he is an unrestricted free agent next summer and had only 66 points last year despite a career high in ice time. He has also had photos posted of his partying antics online more than once. Kane would be a heck of a trade chip that could provide 2 or more pieces to help Chicago’s depth.
3. Integrate a couple of prospects into the lineup – The Blackhawks have two or three forward prospects (Saad, McNeill and Pirri) that could bolster the bottom 6 and maybe take some pressure of Toews, Kane, Hossa etc.