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Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman’s Trade Deadline Deals

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Nov 17, 2015; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames right wing Michael Frolik (67) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /

February 10, 2011: Chicago Blackhawks acquire F Michael Frolik and G Alexander Salak from the Florida Panthers for F Hugh Jessiman, F David Pacan and F Jack Skille

Assessment: This was a flip of underachieving first-round picks, Frolik for Skille. Frolik was the 10th overall pick in the 2006 NHL entry level draft. In his 213 games with the Panthers, Frolik racked up 50 goals and 67 assists for 117 points. This was not enough production for the 10th overall pick, and he was dealt for Skille. Skille had 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points during his 79-game span with the Blackhawks. The other pieces in the deal amounted to nothing. Salak never played with the Blackhawks and only played 21 games with Rockford. He was released in 2012. For Florida, Jessiman appeared in two games and Pacan in none. Jessiman is currently in the AHL, while Pacan is in the ECHL.

Frolik turned into an above-average bottom-six forward and a top-end penalty killer with the Blackhawks until he was moved after the 2013 Stanley Cup win. His highlight with the Blackhawks was a crucial penalty-shot goal against the Detroit Red Wings in 2013 playoffs. Skille would not sick Florida, as he was released after the 2012-13 season. He has spent time with Columbus and is currently with Colorado.

Grade: A

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February 28, 2011: Chicago Blackhawks acquire D Chris Campoli and 2012 conditional seventh-round pick from the Ottawa Senators for F Ryan Potulny and 2011 second-round pick (The 2012 conditional pick became active if Potulny spent at least one day on the Senators roster during the 2011-12 season; it was not exercised)

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Assessment: The Blackhawks acquired another veteran defenseman for another playoff run. The Blackhawks defense had been composed Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Nick Boynton, Brian Campbell, Jordan Hendry, Jassen Cullimore, Nick Leddy and John Scott. Boynton was dealt to Philly, Campbell was an offensive defenseman, Hendry stunk, Cullimore was super-old and Scott couldn’t play defense. The Blackhawks were hurting for another defenseman and landed on Campoli, who recorded one goal and six assists in 19 games. He averaged 20:08 minutes per game with the Blackhawks.

Campoli would help the Blackhawks take the Vancouver Canucks to seven games in the 2011 first round, although he’s most remembered for misplaying the puck on the series-ending goal by Alexandre Burrows. Potulny spent seven games with the Senators and did not record a point. Potulny never played for Ottawa again. Campoli rejected the Blackhawks’ arbitration offer after the season and moved on.

Grade: C

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