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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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Jan 7, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) skates off the ice after scoring against Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (not pictured) during the overtime shootout at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Jets 2-1 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Patrick Sharp To The Stars

Chicago acquired

Dallas acquired

Another fan favorite the Blackhawks had to say goodbye to because of salary cap restraints was Sharp. Sharp had played with the Blackhawks since 2005 when he arrived in a trade from the Philadelphia Flyers. Over his 10 years with Chicago, Sharp played in 679 regular-season games and 120 Stanley Cup Playoffs games and won three Stanley Cups.

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To say that losing Sharp was tough is an understatement for the Blackhawks. Also heading to Dallas along with Sharp would be defensive prospect Johns, who had played in 59 game with the Rockford IceHogs since joining the Blackhawks organization in 2014 after four years at Notre Dame.

The Blackhawks had high hopes for who they were getting in return for Sharp and Johns. Garbutt was going to come to the team and add more offensive grit, much like Andrew Desjardins and Andrew Shaw do for Chicago. Daley was brought in to add depth to the defensive core for the Blackhawks after their lack of depth was exposed in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, when Duncan Keith had to play nearly half of each game to give the Blackhawks a chance to compete defensively.

Unfortunately, Daley never really fit into what the Blackhawks were trying to do on the defensive end and was later involved in what can only be described as a dumb trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for Rob Scuderi. Scuderi would play 20 games with the Blackhawks organization (17 Blackhawks, 3 IceHogs) before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Christian Ehrhoff.

Oh, and Garbutt would be flipped in a trade as well, being sent to the Anaheim Ducks for Jiri Sekac, who would then be waived and claimed by the Arizona Coyotes. Everyone got that?

Grade: What a cluster. This trade, at the beginning looked like a decent trade-off for the Blackhawks. But with the mismanagement of Daley and the inconsistent play of Garbutt and the lack of production that Chicago got from the players they flipped these trade pieces for is just awful.

Plus, Johns and Sharp are still in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Stars and Chicago is on the golf course, so I have to give this trade a D-. Yuck.

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