Good Morning Chicago Blackhawks fans!
The Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman has made quite a few good moves since taking over the position from Dale Tallon, and lately he’s tried to secure the last piece to the puzzle at the trading deadline with the acquisitions of Antoine Vermette and Andrew Ladd. The Vermette trade eventually worked out in the playoffs while the Ladd trade never materialized.
The one trade I think Bowman wished he could get back is the David Rundblad trade. Nearing the trade deadline in 2014, Bowman gave up a 2nd round draft pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for Rundblad. This is one of those deals that kind of made sense at the time because everyone liked his skill set, but Rundblad never was able to put those skills to the ice and be a well rounded defenseman.
I will say, I always thought Rundblad looked good on the offense side of the ice. He did get some powerplay time on the point which was well deserved, but he had a knack for pinching when he shouldn’t be pinching and well he could be a disaster with the puck in his own end with the puck appearing to be a grenade instead of something to pass up the ice to a open Blackhawk.
The problem of course was that Bowman re-signed him to a two year deal for a million dollars a season. This would have been fine with just about any other team, but the Chicago Blackhawks have been strapped for cash since 2010. This deal never made sense to me and even though his name is on the Stanley Cup for the 2015 Championship, Rundblad should have never made it back to the team after 2014.
Now he’s gone for good, he’s a player with talent that never could translate it to the ice.
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Here are some Chicago Blackhawks morning links to start your Wednesday.
Here is a look back at the record breakers panel at the Blackhawks convention (Blackhawks)
David Rundblad and the Chicago Blackhawks mutually terminate contract (Second City)
Ranking the Top 10 teams with the worst long term salary cap issues around the NHL (Bleacher Report)
Could David Rundblad find his way on to the St. Louis Blues roster (Bleedin Blue)
7 RFA’s that should be signed by now (Puck Daddy)