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Phil Thompson: Chicago Blackhawks' clock hinges on Alex DeBrincat's status -- and trading him could have huge repercussions

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“When you announce something like a rebuild, it’s only natural that people come to you with a lot of different ideas,” he said. “So we’re open to listening and we’ll evaluate from there.”

Reports have pegged the Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders among the suitors for DeBrincat.

A rebuild is motivation enough to entertain trade talks, but the lack of a first-round pick in Thursday’s draft only heightens the Hawks’ incentive.

“I haven’t been shy about professing my willingness to acquire some future assets,” Davidson said. “That’s something we’ll look to do. But I’m not looking to force anything. … We have some ideas and some thoughts as we head to Montreal next week, but until we have more concrete discussions with teams, we’ll see where that goes.”

The impact of DeBrincat’s departure from Chicago would be monumental — both in the short and long term.

The impact obviously would be immediate. Short of hearing from Richardson about what he has in store on offense and defense — you can only go by what the Hawks put on film last season — it’s not a stretch to say the offense revolved around DeBrincat and 92-point producer Patrick Kane.

 

To underscore what DeBrincat means to the Hawks, he ranked 22nd in the league in goals-above replacement (20) and tied for 21st in wins above replacement (3.5), according to evolving-hockey.com.

Who could even begin to approximate that role? Kirby Dach, Lukas Reichel or Taylor Raddysh?

Anybody?

Trading DeBrincat also could start a domino effect on the roster.

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