DALLAS -- With the NHL trade deadline approaching rapidly, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said he has "had tons of conversations" but nothing is imminent.
With a league-best 23-2-3 record after Saturday night's 8-1 thrashing of the Stars at American Airlines Center, the Hawks may not have any glaring holes they need to fill by the April 3 deadline, but Bowman said he always is looking to improve.
"I'd like to add to the mix as opposed to trade players away," Bowman said. "We would consider anything that would give us an improved chance to win but we've played really well. If we don't end up making a trade I'd be comfortable with the group we have here."
If Bowman does find a suitor, the GM said any transaction likely would be to shore up the middle.
"Probably just be depth-type moves," he said. "We have had a nice, consistent group on defense ... (and) up front, we have some different looks. Perhaps some centermen maybe as a depth thing in case you run into injuries. There's really not one area that's a glaring area (in need) of improvement."
Shootout speak: Hawks goalie Corey Crawford is enjoying the creativity some players are showing during shootouts, including when the Senators' Kaspars Daugavins used the tip of his stick to advance the puck toward the Bruins' Tuukka Rask before spinning and trying to tuck it in during a game last Monday.
"The only problem I have with spin-o-ramas is ... sometimes when guys do that they stop," Crawford said. "The rules clearly state that if you don't have forward momentum, it's no goal. But the league keeps letting those goals count. Some guys are good at that because they're able to come in and block the goalie with their body and the goalie can't move back so they're stopped and standing in the crease and put the puck into the net."
Crawford said Daugavins' attempt -- which, despite failing when Rask made the save, drew both praise and criticism in hockey circles -- "was pretty cool to see. I have no problem with creativeness ... as long as they keep going forward."
Not tonight: Scratches for the Hawks against the Stars were wingers Daniel Carcillo and Jamal Mayers and defenseman Sheldon Brookbank.
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