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With trade deadline looming, Hawks make one deal
By Tim Sassone | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 3/2/201 10:18 PM

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The Blackhawks added another veteran defenseman on Tuesday, sending future considerations to the Anaheim Ducks for Nick Boynton.

In the last two weeks, general manager Stan Bowman has signed Jassen Cullimore as a free agent and traded for Boynton and Danny Richmond.

"Some years you might be going 10-deep on the back end," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said, looking ahead to the playoffs. "We know the value and importance of experience, and defense depth is crucial."

Boynton was assigned to Rockford, where Richmond and Cullimore are playing as well.

The NHL trade deadline is today at 2 p.m., and the big question is whether goalie Cristobal Huet be with the Hawks or elsewhere at that time.

According to multiple sources, the Hawks were trying to trade their embattled goaltender and his $5.625 million salary cap hit late into the evening Tuesday.

Huet was on the bench for the fifth straight game at the start of Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Islanders. He came on in relief of Antti Niemi early in the second period trailing 3-2 and gave up a pair of goals, including a soft one by Richard Park.

Speculation had the Hawks talking deal with Florida, the Islanders and Toronto, possibly involving Huet and others. The Hawks were believed to be showing interest in Florida's Tomas Vokoun and the Islanders' Dwayne Roloson.

The Philadelphia Flyers also are thought to be trying hard to acquire the 40-year-old Roloson.

Quenneville said he felt no need to address the trade deadline with his players prior to facing the Islanders.

"I don't really think you need to mention it," Quenneville said. "The scuttlebutt or hearsay is things beyond all our control. As players you just want to be professional about it and just go out and play. Just being around them, I don't think it's a distraction or disturbing anybody."

Back at it: Patrick Kane admitted it was an adjustment stepping back into an NHL game after playing for the gold medal Sunday in Vancouver.

"It was a little bit different, especially from Sunday," Kane said. "That was probably the fastest game I ever played in."

Kane was minus-1 with a goal and 2 assists. The Canadian gold medalists struggled a bit. Duncan Keith was minus-3, Brent Seabrook minus-2 and Jonathan Toews minus-1.

Praising Kane: As a Team USA assistant during the Olympics, Islanders coach Scott Gordon got a whole new appreciation for Patrick Kane, someone he doesn't see as much playing in the Eastern Conference.

"There's such low panic in his game," Gordon said. "He's so deceptive. It looks like an opponent is going to make a play on him and he finds a way to shield the puck or move to another spot."

Sutton dealt: The Islanders were without one of their better defensemen against the Hawks as Andy Sutton was traded to Ottawa for a second-round draft pick hours after the morning skate.