When the Chicago Blackhawks acquired Trevor Daley from the Dallas Stars they were hopeful the offensively dynamic blue liner would fit right in, however that was not the case. Daley has registered just three assists in eighteen games with the Hawks this season. With the emergence of a couple young Swedish defensemen, Erik Gustaffson and Viktor Svedberg, Trevor Daley’s days in Chicago are numbered. With the trade market for defensive help hotter than ever we examine a few potential landing spots for the thirty-three year old defenseman.
Ottawa is in hot pursuit of a veteran blue liner. With the lackluster play of both Jared Cowen and Patrick Wiercioch, Senators GM Bryan Murray is working the phones in search of a reliable blue line presence. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun lists Trevor Daley as a possible target for the Senators. Garrioch, after speaking with a couple of league executives, believes the asking price would be a second round pick and one of Matt Puempel or Shane Prince. This trade would work for both teams in terms of Ottawa adding some blue line help and Chicago receiving a young scorer with upside as well as the subsequent cap relief.
Columbus Blue Jackets
After firing coach Todd Richards in hopes of lighting a fire under his team Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen is still searching for some defensive depth. Trevor Daley could bring just that at a reasonable price. Daley does carry a 3.3 million dollar cap hit this season and next. Kekalainen could have an issue or two fitting his salary in the team’s plans, but Daley would give an immediate boost to the blue line. Kerby Rychel has been rumored to be available for quite some time now. Would a Daley for Rychel trade be feasible? Time will tell.
Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins are in the market for help on defense, much like the rest of the league. Outside of big Zdeno Chara, the Bruins have a young blue line. The addition of Daley would bring some experience as well as some more offense to a goal starved blue line. The Bruins could send Alexander Khokhlachev and a pick to the Blackhawks in exchange for Daley. Khokhlachev can’t seem to cut in Boston, so a fresh start may be the best option for both parties. Brett Conolly could also be an option, but Boston should be reluctant in giving up Conolly. The waters seem to be right for potentially an even bigger trade between Chicago and Boston, so keep an eye out.