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 right wing Dale Weise (25) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the second 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 right wing Dale Weise (25) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the second 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 /

February 26th, 2016: Rob Scuderi traded from Chicago to the L.A. Kings for Christian Ehrhoff.

Initial Reaction: Great! We got another defenseman, maybe this one will help the porous defense.

Current Assessment: Christian Ehrhoff for Rob Scuderi was a trash for trash move. Ehrhoff had 2 assists in 8 games for the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks also had to retain $1.13 million of Scuderi’s salary in the deal.

Grade: F

February 26th, 2016: The Blackhawks acquire Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann from the Montreal Canadiens for Phillip Danault and a 2018 second round pick.

Initial Reaction: YES! The Blackhawks are going to have a good third line again. It will be a lesser version of Teuvo Teravainen, Patrick Sharp and Antoine Vermette.

Current Assessment: Stan Bowman went for it with trading for both Weise and Fleischmann. He was not thinking about the next season. But the move was a bust, as both players were not good in a Blackhawks uniform.

Weise played in 15 regular-season games with 1 assist. In four playoff games, he had 1 goal against the Blues. Fleischmann was a tad bit better than Weise. He had 4 goals and 1 assists in 19 games. In the playoffs, he did not have any points.

Both players were not retained by the Blackhawks. Danault thus far has 10 goals and 11 assists for the Canadiens in 58 games.

Grade: C

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