Two very different teams going in different directions, but with very similar purpose are the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks.
While the Blackhawks are firmly entrenched in a playoff position with 65 points (second in the Central Division), the Canucks are a point out of the wild card and in seventh place in the Pacific Division.
However, both teams have no plans to make any moves come the trade deadline.
Blackhawks’ GM Stan Bowman, who made a flurry of deals to bolster his team last spring — to no avail, they lost in the first round — he has stated that he won’t likely do anything this year. With a crop of rookies making a splash and veterans doing what they do best, he’s going to stand pat.
“There’s something to be said for chemistry and keeping your guys together, and not having someone come in externally, swoop in, and try to find a role for him,” Bowman told Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times. “So we’ll see. Things change quickly. But as we look at it today, I’m not expecting a big addition like that.”
Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Canucks’ President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden said he won’t mortgage the future to make the playoffs, despite his team being within striking distance.
“There’s no question we won’t be in the rental-player market, regardless of what (the playoff picture) looks like,” Linden said Tuesday on TSN 1040. “If there’s an opportunity … with a young player that we feel is an upgrade, we’ll certainly look at that. But there will be no situation where we’ll go and mortgage any future pieces to make a playoff push.”