Good Morning Chicago Blackhawks fans!
The hardest part about being a Chicago Blackhawks fan in this era has to be the turnover of the roster because of the salary cap and that players that we have come to know and love have improved and become Stanley Cup Champions.
So, it really wasn’t much of a surprise last night when my phone buzzed with the update that Andrew Shaw was on his way to the Montreal Canadiens.
It seems like light years ago that Shaw was a surprise call up being a late round draft pick and the term #Shawfacts was a big deal on Twitter.
Shaw played a game that Chicagoans really enjoyed. He’s a lunchbox type of player that does whatever the coach wanted and for being a little guy played a big man’s game. He also had some great moments including the time he scored in triple overtime of the Stanley Cup Final and shouted those magical words.. I Love Shin Pads!
The problem of course is that Andrew Shaw’s contract was up and it was time to get paid just like another favorite of ours Brandon Saad. With the contracts of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and well Marian Hossa on the books there isn’t a lot of wiggle room for the other guys like Shaw, and so like Saad last year they became trade bait.
It’s funny that many thought I didn’t like Shaw, but I did like him when he was playing a grinding game on the 4th line and to be honest the Chicago Blackhawks will miss him if someone like Ryan Hartman can’t fill his role next season.
So long Shaw.. Thanks for all the memories!
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Here are some Chicago Blackhawks Morning links to kick off your weekend!
See and hear what Joel Quenneville had to say before the draft and well before the Shaw trade (Blackhawks)
Andrew Shaw getting traded wasn’t a surprise at all (Madhouse Enforcer)
Take a look back at Patrick Kane’s sensational MVP season (CSN)
A move most Chicago Blackhawks fans have to like, Patrick Kane is training in Chicago this summer after being asked by the team to do so (ESPN)
To the surprise of nobody, Auston Matthews was selected first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL draft (ESPN)
What are the pro’s and cons of the latest Colorado Avalanche trade (Mile High Sticking)
How Auston Matthews reawakened Toronto Maple Leafs love and hatred (Puck Daddy)