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Chicago Blackhawks: 6 Reasons to Trade Andrew Shaw

By Tim Lively
Nov 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) reacts after shooting the puck against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) reacts after shooting the puck against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 3, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Desjardins (11) celebrates with left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) and left wing Phillip Danault (24) after scoring an empty net goal against the Ottawa Senators during the third period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Desjardins (11) celebrates with left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) and left wing Phillip Danault (24) after scoring an empty net goal against the Ottawa Senators during the third period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /

#4 – Crowded Lower Lines

We all know Stanley Cups are won by the lower lines of a team. We also Andrew Shaw has made his bones with the ‘Hawks as a lower line grinder; keeping pressure on opponents’ top lines, clogging up the crease, and occasionally scoring a goal here and there. This season Shaw’s past success earned him a chance to skate on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa in an attempt to fill the void at left wing left by Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp.

While Shaw has been fairly successful on his new line, the lower lines haven’t exactly been missing him. The third and fourth lines, though not perfect, have shown tremendous potential and flashes of brilliance without Shaw. The varying degrees of success experienced by the likes Phillip Danault, Dennis Rasmussen, Richard Panik, and even Brandon Mashinter sans Shaw does raise questions regarding his expendability. While Shaw certainly makes the lower lines more effective, it’s been demonstrated their success are by no means dependent on his presence.

Next: What's The #3 Reason?

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