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Blackhawks made a run at dealing for Isles defenseman Visnovsky
The Blackhawks were deep into discussions about a trade with the New York Islanders for veteran defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky before he agreed to a two-year, $9.5 million contract extension on Friday, according to a source.
The Hawks appear to be looking for blue-line help, as well as depth at center, as the April 3 trade deadline approaches.
The 36-year-old Visnovksy, an experienced power play quarterback, has three goals and six assists in 22 games since joining the Islanders, after initially refusing to report after a draft day trade with the Anaheim Ducks last year. Visnovsky initially tried to void the trade by claiming a no-trade clause, but an arbitrator ruled in favor of the Islanders.
Visnovsky was slated to be an unrestricted free agent after the season, and would have been an ideal rental player for the Hawks.
Another defenseman, Jordan Leopold, was dealt from the Buffalo Sabres to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. Among the other blue-liners possibly on the market are the Islanders’ Mark Streit, Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester, Buffalo’s Robyn Regehr, and Edmonton’s Ryan Whitney, though there’s no word if the Hawks are currently pursuing any of them.
The Hawks also are taking a look at San Jose power forward Ryan Clowe, who would add some needed size to the lineup, according to a source.