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DALLAS -- General manager Stan Bowman, who traded for winger Michael Frolik on Wednesday, said the Chicago Blackhawks are not in the market for a center "unless one comes our way," but he is looking for defense.
"We're trying to find a defenseman that can be a penalty-killing type," Bowman said Friday before the Hawks play the Dallas Stars. "Right now we're using our top guys a lot. In a perfect world we could get a guy to come in and do that."
While the Hawks continue to be in a salary cap crunch, Bowman said they could pick up a player who is signed past this season.
As for teams looking at Hawks' stars, such as Patrick Kane, Bowman was asked if he gets those kinds of calls.
"To be honest, I don't," Bowman said. "Everyone knows those are pointless conversations."
Bowman indicated conversations with teams have picked up over the last few weeks, and he wouldn't mind getting another deal done before the deadline. He also indicated nothing more was "imminent," but did think there would be a "flurry of trades" around the league between now and the end of the month.
On Wednesday, the Blackhawks traded Jack Skille and two minor-league forwards to the Florida Panthers in a five-player trade that sent Frolik and goaltender Alexander Salak to Chicago.
Frolik will make his Blackhawks debut on Friday against the Stars.
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.