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Chicago Blackhawks’ First-Half Report Card

By Mike Brennan
Jan 6, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate their victory following the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center. Chicago won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate their victory following the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center. Chicago won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 3, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman presents right wing Patrick Kane (right) with a golden puck to commemorate Kane /

Front Office: B-

For the front office grade, we are not looking at any of the summer moves. All the moves that are looked at happened after the first regular-season game, against the New York Rangers. So, since that game, the front office has made three total trades and has made multiple call-ups and send-downs. The best trade of this front office was sending Jeremy Morin to Toronto for Richard Panik. Panik had 25 points this season with the Toronto AHL affiliate, and has even scored twice for the ‘Hawks and added some depth.

The terrible, awful, gross, garbage trade that the front office made was Trevor Daley for Rob Scuderi. This trade puzzled me when it was made and puzzles me know. If the defense was struggling already, why get rid of a fast, younger skater for an old, slow player who is not even in the everyday roster? In the trade, the ‘Hawks freed up $950,000 in cap space. Since calling up some players and making some other trades, the Blackhawks now have $663,190 in cap space. So unless the Blackhawks make another trade to firm up the blue line, this trade will continue to puzzle me.

Final GPA: 2.92

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