#1 – His Stock Will Never Be Higher
Compounding all of this is the fact that Andrew Shaw is in the last year of his current contract, which means he could end up walking for nothing this offseason if the Blackhawks decide not to sign him to a new deal, which we all know is anyone’s guess in the Salary Cap Era. It should go without saying Shaw’s intense determination and his willingness to do the dirty work to help score goals are highly desirable qualities many teams look for in a forward. Shaw also has two Stanley Cup wins on his resume and this season is showing his ability to play at a top line capacity. In other words Shaw is certainly at a high watermark of his career. That being said, I can’t imagine the old adage of “sell high” is lost on Stan Bowman. I also can’t imagine Bowman would let the opportunity to cash in on Shaw’s accomplishments for the benefit of his team pass by without some serious consideration. Yet, that window is rapidly closing, so we will all have to stay tuned.
To lose Andrew Shaw were certainly be a blow to the Blackhawks, but should this type of transaction transpire, Hawks Nation will certainly be forever thankful for all of Shaw’s contributions to the franchise’s success. Perhaps through the trade market, Shaw can help the Blackhawks one final time lift Lord Stanley’s Cup.
FOR THE DAGGER!