Report: Blackhawks receiving calls on McCabe, Murphy
A pair of Chicago Blackhawk blue-liners are garnering quite a bit of interest.
Chicago, which is expected to be a big seller at the trade deadline, has received a number of calls on defensemen Jake McCabe and Connor Murphy in recent weeks, according to Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli.
Both are 29-year-old defense-oriented blue-liners who have term remaining on their contracts. McCabe is signed through 2024-25 at a $4-million cap hit, while Murphy's deal runs through 2025-26 at $4.4 million per season, via CapFriendly.
The Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, and Toronto Maple Leafs are among the teams believed to be interested in the defensemen, according to Seravalli.
McCabe's in his second season with the Blackhawks. The left-shot is playing 19:20 per night and has tallied 14 points in 45 games, the highest scoring rate of his career. His 45.3% five-on-five Corsi-for leads Chicago defensemen, according to Natural Stat Trick.
Murphy has recorded five goals and seven points through 48 contests. At 19:28 per game, the right-shot is averaging under 20 minutes for the first time since 2018-19. He's been with the Blackhawks since the 2017-18 campaign.
McCabe has a seven-team no-trade clause, which reportedly includes each Canadian team except for the Maple Leafs. Murphy has a 10-team no-trade clause.
The Blackhawks are last in the Central Division with a 15-29-4 record.
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