Initial Reaction: This was a fourth-line guy for a fourth-line guy trade.
Current Assessment: Garbutt was due money against the salary cap in 2016-17, and Sekac was not due any money after this season. Sekac played in 6 games with the Blackhawks, recording 1 point. He was waived on February 27th by the Blackhawks. This move was to free up money for future.
Initial Reaction: YES! Ladd is back! The Blackhawks have a left wing on the top line again! Wait, didn’t we just get Dano for Saad? Dano wasn’t going to play anyways.
Current Assessment: Ladd was jewel of this deal and he was not worth the price the Blackhawks payed for him. Ladd did not have much an impact on the Blackhawks offense. In 19 games, he had 12 points and was a minus-3. In the playoffs, he had 2 points and spent 16 minutes in the penalty box. He was demoted off the top line during the playoffs.