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NHL Trade Deadline Winners and Losers: Central Division

By Brian Kinkade
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Jan 22, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Phoenix Coyotes defenseman David Rundblad (2) skates against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks: Neutral

Additions: Defenseman David Rundblad, (Prospect) Defenseman Mathieu Brisebois2014 3rd round draft pick, 2016 5th round draft pick

Subtractions: Center Brandon Pirri2014 2nd round draft pick

It’s hard to call the Hawks winners and it’s hard to call them losers, so they fit the neutral tag, quite nicely.  They didn’t make any big moves, but at the same time, they didn’t need to, nor were they expected to.  Rundblad is quality defensive depth, going forward, this season, and Brisebois, figures to be a prospect with potential for some upside, and since he was a low-risk acquisition, this is a good move.

So, why aren’t the Hawks considered winners, at the deadline?  Brandon Pirri, is why.

With a need for a 2nd line center, the trading of Pirri seems odd.  Pirri has great offensive skills, and would be, and has been at times, been a great match, for Patrick Kanehowever it was his defensive game that kept him in the AHL.  His defensive game was apparently worse than it looked, at least in Head Coach, Joel Queneville’s eyes.  The Hawks should be fine, but Pirri seemed to be a logical fix, to a perennial problem.  However, this “problem” didn’t prevent the Hawks from winning the Stanley Cup, last season.