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Chicago Blackhawks’ Trade Grades For 2015-16

By Mario Tirabassi
Feb 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) warms up prior to the first period against the Washington Capitals at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) warms up prior to the first period against the Washington Capitals at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 2, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team North America associate general manager Stan Bowman speaks to media during a press conference for the upcoming 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Intercontinental Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

Chicago Blackhawks’ 2015-16 Trades Get Range Of Grades

The 2015-16 Chicago Blackhawks season came to an end Monday night as the St. Louis Blues beat the Blackhawks 3-2 in Game 7 of their opening-round matchup in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As has been the norm over the last few years, Chicago made a number of moves and trades to try to improve its squad and go all-in for another Stanley Cup run. This season fell short of defending the Stanley Cup for Chicago, so how did the trades that general manager Stan Bowman put together pan out? Let’s start from the end of last season.

Chicago And Columbus Make Blockbuster Deal

Chicago acquired

Columbus acquired

The first deal of the 2015-16 season saw the Blackhawks lose Saad because of the always-pesky salary cap. Chicago really wanted to keep a young, top-line talent in Saad, but the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement and Saad was sent to the Columbus Blue Jackets, along with two prospects in Paliotta and Broadhurst.

In return, the Blackhawks would get a mid-round draft pick and a big return in talent with Anisimov, Tropp, Dano and a returning Morin. But, over the course of the season the Blackhawks would use the Saad trade to try to flip other trades ahead of the NHL trade deadline in March, as both Morin, Tropp and Dano would be involved in other deals. Much more on those later.

Grade: With the loss of Saad and the flipping of both Morin and Dano in later trades, the Blackhawks got the most out of what they received in return from Columbus. Add in that Anisimov played a great season and gave the Blackhawks a second-line center for the next few years and Artemi Panarin stepped in to replace the top-six production lost by Saad, and this trade warrants a B grade at least.

Next: Starstruck

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