Jan 26, 2014; New York City, NY, USA; NHL former player Jeremy Roenick skates with youngsters on a miniature rink before the Stadium Series hockey game between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
August has not been kind to the Blackhawks. Especially trades with the Coyotes in August. This is one of the famous ones. This one stung. Fan-favorite and superstar Roenick was inexplicably shipped out to the upstart Phoenix Coyotes for then-unknown Zhamnov, along with Mills (who never scored a goal in 31 career NHL games) and a first-round pick in the 1997 NHL draft.
The Blackhawks would end up taking Jones, who would play 14 career NHL games and never record a point.
An established young superstar who was at the top of his game for a solid, but not great, center and two flame-outs. OUCH!
Roenick was a special player and was loved in Chicago. From the 1988-89 season through the 1995-96 season, Roenick played 524 games for the Blackhawks and recorded an eye-popping 596 points.
He would never quite be the player he was in Chicago ever again, but he would still be a great player up until his retirement after the 2008-09 season. In 1,363 regular-season games in the NHL between the Blackhawks, Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, “J.R” would put up 1,216 career points, which is 42nd all-time.
Da Windy City
He is part of the 500-goal club, and his 513 career goals have him 37th best all-time. Oh, what could have been…
Zhamnov is unfairly remembered as the return piece in this heart-breaking trade. The man was a solid Blackhawk. Not great, but pretty darn solid. Zhamnov would be a Blackhawks from the 1996-97 season through most of the 2003-04 season, when he would be dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers at the trade deadline.
In a little over seven seasons with the Blackhawks, Zhamnov would put up four 60-point seasons. Not too shabby. He ended his Chicago career with 528 games played and 424 points. No, not Roenick quality, but that’s not his fault; that’s all on the misguided Hawks’ front office of the 90s.
His 424 points with the Hawks is 24th all-time for the franchise, and his 284 assists are 19th all-time with the Blackhawks.
Not Roenick, but not bad. Stupid 90s Blackhawks…
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