Jun 3, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wingBrandon Saad
(20) during the first period in game one of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Brandon Saad Trade
This one still hurts. Brandon Saad was supposed to be part of the Chicago Blackhawks core for the next decade, but it wasn’t suppose to be in the end. Everyone expected Saad to take a team friendly deal, but Saad and his agent had other ideas and when the negotiations actually began it was apparent that the Hawks weren’t going to be able to swing a deal with their young star.
Stan Bowman did the only thing that he could do and make a deal, and he really did a pretty good job getting value back. He picked up Artem Anisimov to be the 2nd line center for years to come for the Blackhawks, and he picked up a top prospect in Marko Dano. The trade has paid off for the Blackhawks, but it will be years until we know who won the trade.
Patrick Sharp Trade
The Patrick Sharp trade was expected because of the salary cap, but the one thing that was unexpected was that he would be dealt within the division. As good of a trade that Stan Bowman pulled off with Columbus, this one stings a bit. The Hawks gave up their top defensive prospect in Stephen Johns and a guy that scored 511 points in a Chicago Blackhawks uniform in Sharp, but the return of Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt didn’t really cut the mustard. You know it’s bad because the Hawks have already traded Daley for Rob Scuderi.
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