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Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman Receives Extension Through 2021

By Keith Schultz
Jun 2, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman talks with media during media day the day before the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 2, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman talks with media during media day the day before the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman Received an extension through 2021 this morning.  Stan has been the man since taking over for Dale Tallon in 2010.  Stan has been a master of the salary cap which has been needed with the Chicago Blackhawks stock piling talent that is expensive and finding ways to make moves that have been able to cut cost corners where  other teams have failed in the salary cap era.

The biggest decision for Stan Bowman was how was he going to spread his money out, and his big decision was after 2010 when  the roster was going to get purged, Stan decided to keep the core together and sacrifice all of his role players.  That is why Stan is signed through 2021 and Joel Quenneville recently signed an extension through 2021, but the super core of the team named Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are signed through 2023.  This move was his biggest and the one that he’s been rewarded with the most by far.

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Toews is the best Captain and leader in the NHL, and oh by the way one of the best two-way players in the NHL. Toews has lifted the Stanley Cup from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman 3 times already so keeping the core together was by far the right move.  Of course having Patrick Kane as his side kick has been the perfect compliment to Toews with Duncan Keith signed long term on the back end.

The saying In Stan We Trust has been around for quite some time, because of his moves that people sometimes question turns out to be a great one.  I remember when at the trade deadline they only picked up Johnny Oduya and everyone was talking about how could that be the only move he could make, and then Oduya became a defensive anchor on 2 Stanley Cup Championship teams.

Of course there have been a couple of moves that you shake your head at or question who’s running the ship.  Bowman in the offseason always seems to talk about young players like Jeremy Morin, Brandon Pirri, or Stephen Johns, but in the end these young players ended up in trades on their way out of Chicago.

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The other thing that Bowman/Quenneville like is an enforcer player which they really have steered clear of this year with the exception of Brandon Mashinter this season who really hasn’t fought a lot.

Another big thing for the Bowman camp has been the scouting department, and this has really shown through this season with the addition of Artemi Panarin who has really softened the blow of losing Patrick Sharp.  Also, Bowman when he knows he can’t sign a player like Brandon Saad long term, he’s received a player like Artem Anisimov in return which has put Patrick Kane into another scoring stratosphere.

Bowman is around now until 2021 which means everyone from the front office to behind the bench to on the ice will in Chicago until 2021 which means this Golden era of Chicago Blackhawks hockey will be around for quite some time!

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What do you think of Stan getting an extension?

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