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Blackhawks 'pretty close' to making trade: report

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

The Chicago Blackhawks are close to making a trade, but not necessarily to directly replace injured forward Patrick Kane, general manager Stan Bowman told CSN Chicago on Thursday.

"We're getting pretty close [to a trade], but until it's done, it's not done," Bowman said. "I wouldn't want to characterize anything until you get the word that, 'yes, we have a deal,' and we'll make the trade call.

"I've seen enough things that you think are going to happen that don't quite work out. So we're not there yet, but we've had a lot of good discussions today. Hopefully we'll get there."

Kane, who was tied for the NHL scoring lead, will be out about 12 weeks after surgery to repair a fractured left clavicle he sustained against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Defenseman Johnny Oduya also is sidelined with an upper-body injury.

"We're open to either one," Bowman said of trading for a forward or a defenseman. "I know it's a generic answer, but there's more than one way to improve your team. It doesn't have to be just a replacement for Patrick. Sometimes you're going to improve your team in different ways, bringing in different kinds of players. We're open to that. We'll see where it goes."

Bowman has noticed the increased activity with the NHL Trade Deadline approaching on March 2.

"We've seen some deals made. I think there are some other ones out there," he said. "We're putting our time in, making some phone calls. Hopefully something's going to happen."

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