It might seem trivial, especially after the sending off of Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel and Ben Eager, but the Blackhawks made another trade this week, sending center Colin Fraser to Edmonton on Thursday for a 6th round draft pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. The pick is No. 151 overall.
The trade of Fraser could actually spell some salary cap relief, although minimal, for the Blackhawks. General Manager Stan Bowman told the Sun-Times last night that Rockford captain Jake Dowell had a good chance of making the NHL team in 2010. With Fraser out of the picture, that likelihood has gone beyond "good." As a fourth-line center, Dowell and Fraser are from the same mold. While Fraser made $700,000 last season and would have made at least 10 percent more this upcoming season, Dowell only owed $525,000 for the upcoming season.
The trade of Fraser shoudn't affect the Blackhawks' plans for newly-acquired center Marty Reasoner. Speculation has it that Reasoner will be dealt by the Blackhawks this summer, making Dowell the clear-cut choice to be the fourth-line center.