The Chicago Blackhawks seem to have fallen out of love with talented but inconsistent center Dylan Strome. According to Blackhawks beat writer Ben Pope, the team wants to move Strome and is already engaged in trade talks with interested parties.
TSN’s Pierre LeBrun previously shared a similar sentiment, reporting that Strome might be out of Chicago as soon as next week.
Strome had just 17 points in 40 games in 2020-21, and the struggling campaign, as well as the emergence of other players, caused him to slip down the Blackhawks depth chart. With a fourth line being a realistic option for the 24-year-old this season, it makes sense for Chicago to test the market for him.
There is a lot of interest in Strome around the league despite his poor outing last season. This isn’t a surprise, considering he delivered a 51-point campaign just two years ago. He is also on a fairly cheap contract that only pays $3 million in 2021-22.
The team that is frequently mentioned in trade rumors surrounding Strome is the Ottawa Senators, who are expected to be active on the market following Colin White’s injury. The Calgary Flames, the Seattle Kraken, and the New York Rangers are also believed to be in the mix.