Chicago in need of trading partner

Updated: February 8, 2012, 11:32 AM ET
By Craig Custance

In previous seasons, Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman would have loved to make a splash at the trade deadline but couldn't. The Blackhawks just didn't have the salary cap space. This year is different. They have loads of cap space and assets, but Bowman has run into another problem. Teams aren't ready to deal.

"There's a lot of guys looking for players and not a lot willing to part with players," he said during a Tuesday phone conversation. "I don't know if it's going to change a ton the next couple weeks."

Unlike previous seasons, there aren't many defined sellers on the market. And even those that appear to be out of the playoff race aren't eager to dismantle their team. The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed defenseman Tim Gleason, who would have been a nice fit in Chicago. Carolina GM Jim Rutherford plans on meeting with Tuomo Ruutu this week to talk about a contract extension. Ruutu's not a necessity in Chicago, but he'd also be a nice fit.