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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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April 7, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings right wing Kris Versteeg (10) celebrates his goal scored against Anaheim Ducks during the second period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

Hurricane Of A Deal

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Carolina acquired

One of the more ‘ho-hum’ trades that the Blackhawks made was with the Carolina Hurricanes to get rid of, guess what, salary cap space.

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Poor Kris Versteeg. This guy can never buy a house in the city he plays in. After winning the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010, Versteeg then bounced from Toronto to Philadelphia to Florida and back to Chicago from 2010-14. While he was a part of the 2015 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks squad, Versteeg never had the locked-in spot on the Blackhawks he could’ve had.

Eventually, he was traded in the summer to Carolina and then traded by the Hurricanes to the Los Angeles Kings. Nordtsrom was a bit more lucky as he would land with Carolina and play the majority of the season with the Hurricanes, scoring 24 points in 71 games.

The return for the Blackhawks in this trade was dropping two rounds in the 2017 draft, a large-bodied defensive prospect in the USHL and Dennis Robertson, who would later be flipped in the final trade of the season for the Blackhawks when they acquired goalie Drew MacIntyre from the Hurricanes. Yes, Robertson was traded from and then back to the Hurricanes.

Grade: As stated before, the trade was ho-hum as both Versteeg and Nordstrom seemed to be replaceable pieces for the Blackhawks. The move cleared cap space and that’s purely what it was meant to do, so for that fact I give the trade a B grade for being serviceable.

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