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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Players Who Could Be Traded Soon

5 Blackhawks Who Could Be Traded Soon

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The Chicago Blackhawks are a little over $2.2 million above the salary cap ceiling with their current 23-man roster, and will almost definitely need to make a trade or two this offseason to get back under it. Here are the 5 Blackhawks players most likely to be moved.

5. Johnny Oduya

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5. Johnny Oduya

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Oduya is the least likely player on this list to be dealt, but his $3.375M cap hit makes him a candidate nonetheless. Oduya is a quality second-pairing defenseman and would be able to fetch solid value in a trade with a team looking for a puck mover.

4. Nick Leddy

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4. Nick Leddy

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Leddy is the youngest player on this list, but he's also perhaps the most disappointing; despite tons of potential and natural skill, Leddy remains a major liability in the defensive zone and isn't as much of an offensive factor as he should be. The Blackhawks will probably elect to give him one more year to improve, but he is hardly off the table if another team offers a deal that Chicago likes.

3. Bryan Bickell

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3. Bryan Bickell

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Bickell's excellence come playoff time may be enough to justify the sizable contract that pays him $4 million per year, but the Blackhawks are looking to open up tagging space to extend Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane this summer and Bickell's hefty deal is only getting in the way. For all of his postseason contributions, Chicago may be tired of his consistent ineffectiveness during the regular season.

2. Kris Versteeg

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2. Kris Versteeg

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Versteeg tore his ACL 15 and a half months ago. The first season following that particular injury is very often a difficult one for professional athletes, and it was no different for Versteeg. Stan Bowman has made it clear that he expects the talented winger to be back in form next year, but it has to be tempting to get rid of that $2.2M cap hit and use one of Chicago's many up-and-coming prospects to fill the void left by his departure.

1. Michal Rozsival

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1. Michal Rozsival

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Rozsival is the odds-on favorite to be traded away for cap relief this summer. Like Versteeg, he carries a $2.2M tag on the salary cap. Unlike Versteeg, however, he doesn't have the excuse of a career-threatening injury to explain away his dreadful 2013-14 season. Expect the Blackhawks to deal Rozsival for a draft pick this offseason.

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