As expected, the Chicago Blackhawks are among the worst teams in the NHL this season, as they have a 14-27-4 record. With the club in a complete rebuild, they are expected to be one of the biggest sellers at this year’s trade deadline. They certainly have two main hire candidates Franchise legend Patrick Kane And Jonathan Toews, but Max Domi Another notable pending unrestricted free agent (UFA) we could very well see moved at the deadline as well.
Domi is done A perfect fit As for the Blackhawks, there’s an argument to be made that they should keep him around. In 45 games, the 27-year-old has scored 14 goals with 32 points, so it stands to reason that he’s lived up to expectations in his first year in Chicago. However, with Domi’s trade value high and the Blackhawks in the middle of a rebuild, it’s certainly possible that general manager (GM) Kyle Davidson takes advantage of it. Fourth period reported The market for Domi is heating up, as four teams are interested in acquiring him. Let’s go over them now.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Last offseason, Domi It is said that he expressed his desire A lower hit than his current ($3 million) to join the Toronto Maple Leafs, but GM Kyle Dubas elected to trade elsewhere. Still, it appears Dubas is now having a change of heart with Domi, and it’s no surprise given how well he’s played this season. Furthermore, the Maple Leafs could certainly use some improvement in their middle six, and Domi will provide them with just that.
Still, when it is noted that Domi had an excellent 2022-23 season, his trade value has increased. As a result, it could potentially cost the Maple Leafs their 2024 second-round pick and a young forward like Pontus Holmberg Go through these steps successfully. Holmberg has appeared in the first 28 NHL games of his career this season, where he has four goals and 11 points. Overall, the 23-year-old winger appears to have the tools to be a middle-six winger at the NHL level, so a hypothetical Domi trade with the Maple Leafs should certainly attract Chicago’s attention.
New Jersey Devils
After years of struggles, the New Jersey Devils took a big step in the right direction this campaign. As of this writing, they have a fantastic 30-12-4 record and are among the top teams in the Eastern Conference because of it. But it’s also clear that their forward group can Use a main boost, so it makes sense that they have Domi on their radar. He could be a great winger to line up with star center Jake Hughes and veteran winger Tomas Tatar.
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Aside from a second-round pick, the Blackhawks would naturally want a significant prospect from the Devils in any move centered around Domi. Shaqir Mukhamadulin stands out as a potential player the Blackhawks would love to get their hands on. The 6-foot-3 defenseman is showing signs of improvement in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) this season, as he has five goals and 18 points in 53 games. He has the tools to become a full-time NHL defenseman in the near future, so he would certainly make sense as a trade target for Chicago.
New York Rangers
After a fairly slow start to the season, the New York Rangers have been hot and are once again one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. However, even in this case, it is rather clear that they would benefit from adding to their forward group before the deadline. Thus, it makes sense that they are one of the teams expressing interest in Domi, as he would provide a significant boost to their roster. This is especially true if he is used alongside superstar winger Artemi Panarin and center Vincent Trocheck on their second line.
With their 2023 second-round pick, the Rangers will likely need to include a prospect like Matthew Robertson in the deal. The 6-foot-4 defenseman will certainly be a big addition to the Blackhawks’ lineup, as he has all the tools to emerge as a strong shutdown defenseman at the NHL level in the near future. Along with his immense physicality, he’s also been praised for his excellent puck-moving ability, so he could be a great pickup for a rebuilding team like the Blackhawks.
The Dallas Stars came into this season with mixed expectations from fans, as some were unsure if they would compete for the playoffs in 2022-23. However, they have Quickly clear any doubts About them, as they lead the Central Division with an impressive 28-13-7 record. After such a strong start, it’s clear they’ll be big buyers at this year’s trade deadline. However, their middle six could absolutely use a shake-up, and Domi will give them exactly that with his strong offensive production and tenacity.
To acquire Domi, the Stars would likely have to give up their 2023 second-round pick and a prospect like Ayrton Martino. Martino is currently in his second season with Clarkson University and has been outstanding for them through 2022-23. In 24 games, the 5-foot-11 winger scored five goals with 26 points. The 20-year-old has been praised for his excellent passing ability, so he’s absolutely the type of prospect the Blackhawks should consider.
Seeing how well Domi has played this season, it’s no surprise that so many clubs are showing interest in him. As we get closer to the deadline, don’t be surprised to see more teams linked to the 2013 first-round pick. Alas, we’ll have to wait and see if the Blackhawks move him away at the end.
Michael DeRosa is a contributor who covers the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings for Hockey Writers. Since 2017, he has written and edited for numerous websites. In addition to his work for THW, you can also find him on NHL trade rumors.