Hockey

Daze demands trade from Blackhawks

Eric Daze, feeling underappreciated by the Chicago Blackhawks, has asked general manager Mike Smith to trade him.

Daze and his agent, Bob Sauve, made the trade request several weeks ago.

He made the demand public after being benched against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

"It's not a matter of a new start," Sauve told the Chicago Tribune. "It was just a feeling from training camp that he wasn't the kind of player the team wanted.

"A player can sense that."

Suave told the newspaper that he's had brief discussions with Smith about Daze and hopes a deal could be made soon.

Daze has struggled early this season, posting a single point in ten games.

Despite the struggles, Smith expects there'll be plenty of interest in the 6'6'', 222-pound power forward from GMs around the league.

"I don't have to [call GMs]," Smith said. "They'll read it in the papers. If they're interested, they'll call."

An unrestricted free agent at season's end, Daze has played with the Hawks for six years.

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