Hawks still looking for defensive help

February, 25, 2011
2/25/11
11:13
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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The NHL trade deadline is just days away and the Chicago Blackhawks are still looking for a defenseman. As previously reported, the Hawks have interest in Colorado’s Matt Hunwick, Edmonton’s Ladislav Smid, and Buffalo’s Steve Montador. League sources confirm the Hawks are looking at two other defensemen, including Tampa Bay’s Brett Clark.

The Hawks had interest in Boston’s Mark Stuart before he was traded to Atlanta.

Buffalo’s Craig Rivet has entered the picture as well now that he’s going through the re-entry waiver process. With a salary cap hit of $2.6 million, he was too pricey for the Hawks. Through re-entry, he can be had for half that amount which fits into the Hawks’ budget.

ESPN.com’s Pierre Lebrun is reporting Hawks defenseman Nick Boynton is on waivers which could further indicate general manager Stan Bowman is close to making a move. Sending Boynton out would clear some extra space for a new acquisition.

All reported players, except for Clark, have expiring contracts and have salary cap hits between approximately $1 million and $1.5, believed to be within the Hawks’ budget. Clark is signed through next year for $1.3 million with a cap hit of $1.5 million.

The deadline for making trades is 2 p.m. CT on Monday.

Jesse Rogers | email

Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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