With the NHL trade deadline rapidly approaching, we decided to take a look back at all of Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman’s trade deadline deals. Similar to a previous article, we will be giving each one a letter grade, and we will start in his first season as general manager, the 2009-10 season. This article will look at deals completed in February and March, because of their proximity to the trade deadline.
With that, let’s get started.
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Assessment: This move had two purposes: to acquire a veteran defenseman for the playoffs and to shed salary. The Blackhawks were going to have to purge their roster after this season because of the salary cap, and they were looking to solidify their blue line for an hopefully-extended playoff run. Johnsson was 34 years old and one of the best puck-moving defensemen in the NHL. He was also on the last year of his contract, while Barker was due $3.1 million for the next two seasons when the trade was completed. Barker was coming off a career-high 40 points the season before. Leddy was a highly rated prospect, but a prospect nonetheless. Johnsson gave Minnesota the impression he would not re-sign with them, and they needed a proven defenseman.
The deal worked out for the Blackhawks in that they shed Barker’s salary and got a young defenseman for the future in Leddy. Johnsson was a bust in Chicago, as he played in eight games and recorded three points. Leddy is what made this deal a big success, as he would be a bottom-pairing defenseman for the 2013 Stanley Cup championship. The Wild lost out in this deal because Barker stunk for the Wild. He only amassed 12 points for the Wild in his tenure. Barker is currently in the KHL.
Next: 2010-11 Deals