The Chicago Blackhawks have had a very busy summer, and general manager (GM) Kyle Davidson has officially started the rebuild by making several moves. However, I would argue that he should consider bringing in one more defenseman before the season, and these three remaining free agents stand out from the rest. Here’s a look at each one.
The Blackhawks have a decent amount of cap space to work with, so I hope they are willing to make one last notable move before the start of the 2022-23 season. The right-side defense could use a bit of a boost, and perhaps that could be enough for Davidson to send an offer to veteran defenseman P.K. Subban.
Subban would be an excellent addition to the defensive group. Although the Blackhawks are rebuilding, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to add more experience to their roster to help develop the young players. They have the cap space to give Subban a little extra, which might be enough to lure the 33-year-old to play in Chicago. The defense is weak enough that he could play top-four minutes and receive time on their first power-play unit.
Subban’s days as an elite defenseman are over, but he still can provide respectable offense from the point. Last season with the New Jersey Devils, he scored five goals and 22 points. The Blackhawks would benefit from adding that kind of production to their blue line, and he may have the potential to produce even more frequently in a bigger role.
Finally, if Subban were to ink a one-year deal and put together a strong season, he would be a great rental candidate at the deadline, and a nice trade return for the veteran would also help boost the organization’s rebuild.