It was reported today by Chicago-based Daily Herald writer Tim Sassone that Chicago Blackhawks have been having discussions with Dallas about the possibility of acquiring center Adam Burish. Burish, who was a member of the 2010 Stanley Cup-winning Hawks team, was released to free agency following that season and signed to a 2-year deal with the Dallas Stars.
Burish has never been known for his scoring (his highest point total came last year with the Stars, putting up a 8-6-14 stat line), but that’s not why a team like the Blackhawks would be looking to re-acquire him. Stars fans may recall the stretch last year when Adam Burish was injured, and it seemed the team could not win without him. Coincidence? Maybe, but Burish is without a doubt one of the toughest players on the Dallas roster, bringing an emotional element to every game and 110% on every shift. He excels on the face off dot and is an invaluable penalty killer, the type of player willing to throw his body in front of every shot.
The Blackhawks know this and it seems they are willing to make a move to get a guy like that back on their roster. He is considered by Hawks fans as a key component in their Stanley Cup run, and with the Blackhawks looking like a contender once again, it makes complete sense that they’d look into the possibility of getting him back. His contract expires at the end of this season, and his playing style makes him a no-brainer rental for a contender. Now we just wait to see if the rumblings pick up, and what kind of assets Chicago is willing to move to to acquire Burish. Keep in mind Burish is not going to attract a blockbuster deal, but if the return is right, expect GM Joe Nieuwendyk to fully entertain the notion of trading Burish.
Stay tuned to Blackout Dallas tomorrow, when we will continue our Buy or Sell series, where explore which players could be moved at the trade deadline.