Canucks talking Del Zotto trade with conference rival

The first move has been made...

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The Vancouver Canucks are said to be looking around at what teams might be interested to add depth on the back end, as they have revealed that blue liners Erik Gudbranson and Chris Tanev could be used as trade baits. 

But now, a rival club is said to be in the mix - but for another defender. 

The Chicago Blachawks are falling behind in the playoff race and many wonder what the team will do to improve or build a stronger future in the seasons to come. 

Of course, bad luck has not helped as star goalie Corey Crawford was been on and off due to injuries, and now having to deal with another injured regular in Artem Anisimov. But is general manager Stan Bowman planning a move prior to the deadline to make a playoff push and go from there in the summer? 

According to John Jaeckel, the Hawks have inquired about rival team Canucks defenseman Michael Del Zotto

Another option for the Hawks? 

The cap space might be an issue for the Hawks, but they could manage to move veteran Patrick Sharp, whose $800,000  salary would be easy to absorb by a team at the deadline. 

Then, Bowman could choose to move (again) Brandon Saad, but he does carry a hefty $6 million cap hit, but might be more inclined to trade Lance Bouma and his $1 million contract. 

Chicago could potentially land two picks in exchange for Sharp and Bouma and continue their lucky streak at the draft. However, they could pull the almost impossible and make a trade with the Canucks for Del Zotto. 

Time will tell...