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Chicago Blackhawks’ 10 Worst Moments Of 2016 Calendar Year

By Colin Likas
Apr 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) and Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) shake hands after the St. Louis Blues defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in game seven of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) and Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) shake hands after the St. Louis Blues defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in game seven of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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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 /

No. 6: Trade-Deadline Acquisitions Do Next To Nothing

This was really disappointing for two reasons. We’ll get to the other one in the next entry on this list, but first we’ll just start with the actual performances of this year’s trade-deadline acquisitions.

Andrew Ladd was the big gun, brought over from Winnipeg. Ladd never really clicked despite playing alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa for much of this run, tallying 12 points in 19 regular-season games and two in the seven-game first-round series against St. Louis.

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Also added at the deadline were Tomas Fleischmann and Dale Weise. Coach Q soured on both of these guys at various points, and Weise later said he wasn’t given the opportunity to succeed in Chicago.

Neither guy did a whole lot of succeeding in the Indian Head. Fleischmann started with a nice connection with Teuvo Teravainen, but eventually wound up with just five points in 19 regular-season games and none in four postseason tilts. Weise didn’t fare better with two points across 19 total contests.

Oh, and there was also the addition of defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, but Q refused to play him essentially ever.

General manager Stan Bowman usually hits on at least one of his trade-deadline acquisitions, but 2016 did not see that. Unless, of course you count adding Richard Panik in early January. I don’t count that.

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