Could Blackhawks star winger Alex DeBrincat be wearing a different jersey soon?
It’s been an extremely weird season for the Blackhawks. After going out last offseason and adding defenseman Seth Jones and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, it appeared as though they were going to try to make on last push with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. But after an investigation revealed a sexual harassment cover-up, the Hawks made the decision to fire general manager Stan Bowman.
To make matters worse, they came out of the gates playing terrible hockey — which led to the firing of head coach Jeremy Colliton. Now, the Blackhawks sit at 15-18 on the season, good for seventh place in the Western Conference’s Central Division.
So, is it finally time for the rebuild? Perhaps. And their most valuable asset at the moment is undoubtedly Alex DeBrincat. On the year, the 24-year-old leads the team with 23 goals. He was also the lone representative from the Blackhawks selected in the NHL All-Star Game.
— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) January 13, 2022
While Blackhawks fans will surely hope the team has plans to build around Alex DeBrincat for the future, a new report suggests they might be taking calls on the talented young star.
According to NHL insider Frank Seravalli, DeBrincat is “potentially available” at the Trade Deadline.
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“My sense is that the Chicago Blackhawks know they need to shake things up there,” he said.
Here’s the link to it: https://t.co/YF1xsefFqM
— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) January 21, 2022
Alex DeBrincat signed a three-year contract extension with the Blackhawks in 2019 — meaning he will hit free agency after next season. And given his emergence as one of the premier goal scorers in the NHL, any team would feel like they’re getting a discount on DeBrincat financially for the remainder of that deal.
The Blackhawks had a run to remember after lucking out with surefire Hall of Famers Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith. But their run has come to a sudden, abrupt end. And now they might have to face the reality that they’re going to have to endure a long rebuild.
Perhaps the first step in said rebuild would be to keep their options open with Alex DeBrincat.