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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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Dec 22, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) warms up before the first period against Minnesota Wild at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 22, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) warms up before the first period against Minnesota Wild at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 5: Blackhawks Ding Their Future Through Trades

Of course, trades made at the deadline aren’t a one-way street. Something has to go back the other way. And the Blackhawks gave up an unfortunate amount in that respect.

The key piece of the Ladd deal, outside a 2016 first-round draft pick, was young forward Marko Dano. The Blackhawks gave him about 10 minutes to make an NHL impact, got upset when he didn’t and shipped him to the AHL. Then they traded him.

Dano, the secondary return piece in the Brandon Saad deal, hasn’t lit up the scoreboards in Winnipeg. But you can’t tell me nine points in 26 games this season wouldn’t be better than Jordin Tootoo and Andrew Desjardins combining for zero thus far.

The Blackhawks also shipped Phillip Danault to Montreal in the Fleischmann-Weise deal (in addition to a 2018 second-round draft pick). Danault was seen as the future Marcus Kruger in Chicago, and with Kruger still dealing with a wrist injury at the time of the trade, this was a surprising give-up.

Danault is having himself a fine year in Montreal, posting 14 points in 34 games, winning 52.5 percent of his faceoffs and posting a Corsi-for of 51.3 percent despite starting 62.3 percent of his shifts in the defensive zone. The Blackhawks are going to wish they didn’t give up Danault.

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