The concept of the two-way player in basketball is a little weird because every player is a two-way player. Unlike in football where you have separate players on the field for offense and defense, everyone in basketball plays on both ends, much like hockey and soccer. (A minor exception is made in those sports for the keepers.)
The argument here would be that the team decides it needs to make a change beyond Kruger, and its options are Hjalmarsson, Crawford, and Panarin. Which do they choose? As we explained above, Crawford is pretty much off the table, so they’d be deciding between Hjalmarsson and Panarin, who doesn’t have a no-trade clause due to his age.
When you consider that Panarin would provide an extra $1.9 million in savings and doesn’t have the limitations on his market that apply to Hjalmarsson, it opens up this possibility. Losing Panarin would be a major blow, but the circumstances could line up to make it a real consideration.
Then again, maybe they don’t need to trade Panarin or Hjalmarsson Wholesale Jerseys to clear that space. Maybe they could get around one of those pesky no-trade or -movement clauses.
This section is really about two players. There are six guys on the Blackhawks with complete no-movement clauses, but only two of them feel like actually trade candidates. It’s impossible to see how Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, or Duncan Keith gets traded.
Kane and Toews because they’re the cornerstones of the franchise. Hossa because of his cap recapture penalties. Keith is a little of both.