The Blackhawks have lots of time before Monday's deadline, but it's clear from what we're already hearing that they hope to make a trade or two. Arizona Coyotes center Antoine Vermette, the class of the rental forward market this season, is among the players who interest the Blackhawks, according to a source.
The Blackhawks are not alone. The Winnipeg Jets and New York Rangers, and no doubt a few other buyers, also have interest in Vermette, who won't go for cheap. And the Blackhawks have a list of other forwards who interest them beyond Vermette.
But to me, he would be a great fit for Chicago, a 200-foot player who can play wing and center while helping both the power play and penalty kill; he is easily the stud among the rental forwards available.
If I'm the Blackhawks, I look hard at him.