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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Sep 22, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kyle Baun (39) with the puck during the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 22, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kyle Baun (39) with the puck during the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

February 29th, 2016: The Blackhawks acquire Tim Jackman and a 2017 pick for Corey Tropp.

Initial Reaction: Who cares? Tropp never played in the NHL for the Blackhawks. Tropp never even played in Rockford. Tropp was part of the Sadd deal that is looking worse by the minute.

Current Assessment: Tim Jackman never played for the Blackhawks organization. He never stopped playing for the San Diego Gulls. So the Blackhawks got a 7th round pick for two guys who never played in the AHL for them.

Grade: N/A

February 29th, 2016: The Blackhawks trade Dennis Robertson to the Carolina Hurricanes for the Drew MacIntyre.

Initial Reaction: Who for who? This is an AHL depth move. Rockford must need a goalie to back up Michael Leighton.

Current Assessment: MacIntyre played in 8 games for the Rockford IceHogs. He had an .895 save percentage and a 3.03 goals-against average. This move was insurance for the AHL when Leighton was recalled to the Blackhawks.

Leighton was recalled by the Blackhawks on March 17th because of a Corey Crawford injury. Leighton would appear in one game for the Blackhawks.

Grade: N/A

March 3rd, 2016: The Chicago Blackhawks sign Kyle Baun to a two-year contract extension for 2017-18.

Initial Reaction: Baun got $625,000 per year for two years. This is a depth move for the AHL. Baun might make the NHL roster if he heals up in 2017.

Current Assessment: Baun has played better than he did last year in Rockford. He has 13 points in 30 games and only had 9 in 43 games last year. He might just be an AHL depth guy.

Grade: C

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