As promised on Twitter earlier today, here are just the beginning (I’m told) of a lot of Hawk rumors to come this summer.
First, if there’s anything at all to the Jonathan Toews to Montreal and Corey Crawford to the Islanders rumors, it’s the other teams discussing it, not the Hawks.
The “only way,” I’m told, Toews gets moved is ”if he asks.” And he hasn’t.
The Hawks also are “hoping” Corey Crawford is healthy and ready to resume his role as the team’s #1 netminder in October.
However, there are “a boatload” of other moves being contemplated. “More to come.”
I have many times stated, including recently on the RinkCast, that Marian Hossa would make an outstanding coach in the NHL. Invariably, I (and others) always come back with this question: why would a guy with $70 million in the bank and a young family want to take that on?
Not sure, but apparently the Hawks plan to sit down with Hossa soon and discuss the possibility of a future “coaching” role with the organization. Head coach? Special assistant? Not specified.
Also, the team is exploring, in conjunction with these talks, the possibility of moving the remainder of Hossa’s contract in order to clear up permanent cap space.
The Hawks have no intention of trading their #8 overall pick, and I’m told are especially high on two players who might be available there. USNTDP winger Oliver Wahlstrom (they “love” him), and QMJHL defenseman Noah Dobson.
The Hawks might be willing to part with the #27 overall for the right return.
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