By Chris Pummer
It's no secret the Blackhawks would like to unload goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. Not only did they recently add Cristobal Huet in net, but Khabibulin is the top-paid goalie in the game and eating up the Hawks' salary cap space.
If the Hawks could unload him and get something useful back, well.... that might qualify as a miracle.
The Toronto Sun says it could happen with a three-way deal between the Hawks, the Senators and the Kings.
To summarize, the Hawks would give up Khabibulin and either Cam Barker or Brent Seabrook and get back 20-year-old Anze Kopitar, who scored 32 goals to go along with 45 assists (77 points) last season.
To put that in perspective, Patrick Kane had 72 points last season, and that was by far the most by a Hawks player since the end of the NHL lockout.
With the Hawks now deeper on the blue line with the addition of Brian Campbell, it would be quite a coup if GM Dale Tallon package one of his young defensemen with Khabibulin and get one of the best young centers in the game back in the deal.
That's why this rumor sounds too too good to be true.