5 Reasons Why Chicago Blackhawks Shouldn’t Trade Teuvo Teravainen

Teuvo Teravainen: 5 Reasons Why Chicago Blackhawks Shouldn't Trade Him

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Teuvo Teravainen's name has been showing up repeatedly in trade rumors lately, particularly those involving Ryan Kesler and Joe Thornton. Despite the intrigue those two big names inevitably summon to mind, the Chicago Blackhawks would be better off if they didn't trade Teravainen. Here are 5 reasons why.

5. Teravainen's Potential Outweighs Short-Term Gains

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5. Teravainen's Potential Outweighs Short-Term Gains

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Players like Kesler and Thornton are obviously much better than Teravainen is today, but the Blackhawks' window to contend extends far beyond the next two or three years. Teravainen could very easily top out at a level near what Kesler and Thornton bring to the ice presently. Chicago needs to be patient; moderate sacrifices in on-ice impact today may very well allow for major advantages later on.

4. Big Trades Rarely Result in Success

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4. Big Trades Rarely Result in Success

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Trading for a big name sounds great at face value, but it typically doesn't result in the kind of success that teams are hoping for. The Pittsburgh Penguins thought they had a Stanley Cup lined up in 2013 after acquiring Jarome Iginla, but they ended up falling to the Boston Bruins in one of the most pathetically lopsided postseason sweeps in NHL history. That Pittsburgh team is just one of many examples that big trades aren't magic.

3. Teravainen Is A Great Eventual Replacement for Patrick Sharp

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3. Teravainen Is A Great Eventual Replacement for Patrick Sharp

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The 32-year-old Patrick Sharp faces an unavoidable decline in production fairly soon, and Teravainen is a fantastic young option to replace his offense. They have very different offensive games — Sharp is much more of a goalscorer — but Teravainen's playmaking should spread more goals around the rest of the lineup. This kind of young offensive talent isn't something you give away. The Philadelphia Flyers made that very mistake with Sharp.

2. Teravainen's Skill Set Is Exactly What Chicago Needs

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2. Teravainen's Skill Set Is Exactly What Chicago Needs

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The only true playmaker in Chicago's top six is Patrick Kane. Ideally, Kane would play with two of Chicago's best natural scorers while Teravainen would center a different line with the other two. An even strength line consisting of Sharp, Teravainen and Marian Hossa is drool-worthy.

1. The Blackhawks' Salary Cap Situation

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1. The Blackhawks' Salary Cap Situation

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The salary cap is by far the biggest reason to hold onto Teravainen and not package him for a Kesler or Thornton type. After extending Toews and Kane's contracts this summer, the Blackhawks will still have Saad due up for a huge raise. Teravainen's annual cap hit will be less than a million for each of the next three seasons. Slotting him in at center on the second line would be a huge bargain for Chicago, especially during years two and three.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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