Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks’ 2016 Trades And Signings In Review

By Sean Fitzgerald
Dec 18, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Richard Panik (14) and San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) go for the puck during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 18, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Richard Panik (14) and San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) go for the puck during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) with the puck during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) with the puck during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

January 21st, 2016: Ryan Garbutt was traded to the Anahiem Ducks for Jiri Sekac.

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.

Grade: C

February 25th, 2016: Marko Dano, 2016 1st-round pick, and a 2018 3rd-round conditional pick for Andrew Ladd, Jay Harrison and Matt Fraser.

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.

Grade: F

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