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Chicago Blackhawks Trade Andrew Shaw To Habs

By Sean Fitzgerald
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 /
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The Chicago Blackhawks announced their second trade of the off-season. The Blackhawks have traded Andrew Shaw to the Montreal Candadiens for the 39th and 45th pick in the 2016 NHL draft. While Coach Joe Quennevile stated early on in the off-season that Shaw was irreplaceable, the Blackhawks were forced to trade Shaw.

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The writing was on the wall earlier today as reports started to come out on Shaw’s contract demands.  TSN’s Bob McKenzie stated that Shaw was looking for a deal with annual value of 4.5 million per year at 4-5 years. Once that report surfaced many speculated that the Blackhawks would trade Shaw because they could not accommodate his contract demands.

Many believed that the team would retain Shaw after unloading Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen in a blatant salary dump. The Bickell/Teravainen trade freed up roughly close to seven million dollars in cap space. That space was ultimately not enough.

This is now the second time in the last three years that Stan Bowman was forced to trade a young player because of contract demands. Shaw now joins Brandon Saad as young players who has moved on from the Blackhawks because of lofty contract demands.

Shaw was a 5th round pick of the Blackhawks in 2011. He was a member of 2012-13 and 2014-15 Stanley Cup Championship teams.  During his career with the Blackhawks, he scored 70 goals and recorded 67 assists. While there were many ups and downs during his tenure with the Blackhawks, Shaw will always be a beloved figure by most. He was nicknamed the “Mutt” because he loved to do the team’s dirty work. Shaw will be known for yelling “Shinpads” after scoring the game winning goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final 2012-13.

The Shaw camp will not have to wait long for his new contract, reports are coming that the Canadiens will have a new contract for Shaw “very soon” according to Elliotte Friedman.

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Fear not the Blackhawks still have $6,390,706 in space per General Fanager to use this off-season. New “rumors” have the Blackhawks linked to both Andrew Ladd and Brian Campbell.

Buckle up Blackhawks fan, we still have a lot of the offseason left.

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