Jun 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is interviewed during media day in preparation for game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
No one expected Stan Bowman to make a huge trade at the trade deadline because he never makes the big move or the expected move when the trade deadline approaches (see Kimmo Timonen). This season may have been the same at this trade deadline, but the Patrick Kane injury surly forced his hand making Stan Go All-In on the 2014-2015 season.
Stan did two things he never does which is make a deadline deal for the big fish and trade away a first round pick. The feeling was this was an All-in season for the Chicago Blackhawks to begin with, the Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane contract extensions hanging over the franchise next week and the Canandian Dollar tanking at the wrong possible time. With that being said I still didn’t think Stan had it in him to pull off the big trade when the chips were down.
Here’s a couple reasons for Stan Going All-in
1. Obviously Patrick Kane Injury
Patrick Kane is the leading scorer for the Blackhawks and he does things that only Patrick Kane can do so replacing him is impossible, but the Hawks needed something to try to replace him and hold down the fort and gets as far as possible in the season and the postseason and try to make it to the point that Kane returns so moves had to be made.
Vermette isn’t anywhere near the level of Kane, but he fills a void with some offensive edge while being strong in all areas of the ice which is a Joel Quenneville staple so fitting in should be pretty easy.
2. Teuvo Teravainen
It’s pretty easy to see that Teuvo has a very high ceiling and huge talent just look at the look away goal he scored in Florida, but it’s also easy to see that Joel Quenneville doesn’t have enough confidence in him to play big minutes and especially play him late in games with games on the line.
Teuvo you can see has a long future with the Blackhawks and has a ton of talent, but him being the answer for the Blackhawks this season doesn’t look to be in the cards for Teuvo this season.
3. Marian Hossa
The most offensively skilled player on the Hawks not named Kane is Hossa and at age 36 he’s not getting any younger. Hossa has gone silent for weeks and then exploded for 7 goals in 4 games which usually is the early warning signs of a skilled players skills starting to diminish. Hossa may only have a year or two left in him at the level he plays at now so Bowman had to go for it this season.
4. The Offseason
Like early in the post the offseason and the dumping of at least one if not two core players to get to the salary cap was the reason Stan was forced to make a big move! Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya, Michal Rozsival and even possibly Marcus Kruger could be gone next year not to mention the big raise Brandon Saad will be getting to go along with the extensions of Toews/Kane The window for this core is this season so that is why Stan Made the trade!! Not to say that the window for Toews/Kane is over forever this season because the Blackhawks have a lot of talent in Chicago and Rockford but this groups last hand could be this spring.
So what do you think of Stan Going All-in?
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