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Chicago Blackhawks: Chances of Re-signing Free Agents

By Mike Brennan
Apr 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (center) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (center) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) is pursued by St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (20) during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) is pursued by St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (20) during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

Andrew Shaw – RFA – 30% Chance

Besides the suspension for Andrew Shaw in the series against the Blues, he had a fantastic six games. He posted four goals and two assists with 18 penalty minutes. During the season, Shaw had some deep valleys and some high peaks as well. During 78 games, Shaw posted 14 goals and 20 assists, and a corsi percentage of 51.4%.

I am not the biggest Shaw guy, but I will try and stay objective here. Shaw played a role that the ‘Hawks needed this year. He got in front of the net and played gritty all year while getting under the skin of every opposing player. Amidst all this, he put the puck in the net a good deal. If I were Shaw, I would not want to take the one year extension that comes with restricted free agents. He would want a big multi-year deal. The ‘Hawks should not sign him because Shaw wants to get paid now, and he is the type of player that is expendable. What the ‘Hawks need to do is let Shaw walk and get a player like Ryan Hartman from Rockford and teach him to stand in front of the net. We have all learned that Andrew Shaw is bad at playing hockey but good at standing in front of the net.

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Dale Weise – UFA – 20% Chance

Dale Weise came over from Montreal at the trade deadline and has been just kind of “there” since coming over to Chicago. During 14 regular season games with the ‘Hawks he only has one assist. During four playoff games, he only has one goal. He is a 27 year old winger who has probably hit his ceiling. His cap hit comes in at around $1 million and that is money that just is not worth a player who gets hit with a healthy scratch a lot.

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