NHL Trade Deadline: Looking around the Central Division

NHL Trade Deadline: Looking around the Central Division
March 4, 2014, 5:15 pm
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General manager Stan Bowman said Saturday that things would stay pretty quiet throughout the Blackhawks organization as the March 5 trade deadline neared.

So far we've seen Brandon Pirri go to the Florida Panthers, and most recently, the Blackhawks acquired defensemen David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

While the defending champions haven't made any prominent headlines in the trading department, the same can't be said for some of their division rivals.

On Friday we saw the St. Louis Blues acquire goaltender Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott from the Buffalo Sabres. And while the Blackhawks said they're keeping an eye on their Central Division foes, their main focus in on the product they're putting out on the ice. 

“Obviously they improved their team, and they were a great team before the trade. But it doesn’t change our mindset,” Patrick Sharp said. “They’re a team we’re going to have to go through down the stretch here and most likely in the playoffs.”

On Tuesday the Wild also made a goaltending transaction, acquiring Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers. 

But the big news came out of the Eastern Conference when the Florida Panthers acquired netminder Roberto Luongo from the Vancouver Canucks. On Tuesday's edition of SportsTalk Live, Bryan Bickell addressed that deal, but remained focused on the Blackhawks' matchup against the Colorado Avalanche.

"You always look around at the different trades around the league, the big one lately is Luongo, back to Florida where he started," Bickell said. "There's gonna be trades around this time, but for us we just need to concentrate on tonight."

The Blackhawks host the Avalanche tonight inside the United Center. Coverage begins on Comcast SportsNet at 6:30 with Blackhawks Pregame Live.