There's been a flurry of activity around the NHL the day before Wednesday's 2 p.m. trade deadline -- Jaromir Jagr to Boston and Ryan Clowe to the Rangers among the bigger moves -- but the Blackhawks have stood relatively pat. It doesn't mean they're done quite yet, though.
After adding veteran center Michal Handzus on Monday, the Hawks dealt Rockford forward Philppe Paradis to the Lightning on Tuesday for the rights to Cornell junior defenseman Kirill Gotovets. That opens up a roster spot within the organization for another player should the Hawks make a move before the deadline -- the Hawks now have 49 players under contract. The maximum is 50.
Gotovets, 21, has two goals and 13 assists, along with a plus-22 rating in 80 games over three seasons at Cornell. Paradis, a former first-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes, had one goal and seven assists in 36 games with the IceHogs this season.