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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Summer Signings And Trades

June 15th, 2016: The Chicago Blackhawks sign Richard Panik to a 1-year deal.

Initial Reaction: AWESOME. The Blackhawks re-sign Panik. I really liked how he played last year.

Current Assessment: Panik was a great signing who has paid for himself with the Blackhawks. He is currently the team’s hits leader and has 15 points in 40 games.

Grade: A

June 15th, 2016: The Chicago Blackhawks sign goaltender Mac Carruth.

Initial Reaction: Carruth is an AHL depth signing.

Current Assessment: Carruth has been in Rockford. He has played 15 games for the IceHogs. He has a .894 save percentage and a 3.10 goals-against average.

Grade: N/A

June 15th, 2016: The Chicago Blackhawks trade Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen to the Carolina Hurricanes for a 2016 2nd-round pick and a 2017 3rd-round pick.

Initial Reaction: Shock! Everyone knew the Blackhawks had to trade Bickell, but nobody knew that Teravainen would be the price of doing business. The might have enough money to resign Andrew Shaw.

Current Assessment: The Blackhawks had to trade Bickell to get underneath the salary cap. The cost was extremely high with Teravainen having to be included. Teravainen has blossomed in Carolina. He has 19 points in 36 games thus far. His high in points is 44 points in 78 games.

It was sad news that everyone would find out Bickell had multiple sclerosis. Bickell was diagnosed over a month ago with MS and has only played in 7 games for Carolina.

The Blackhawks would use their pick from Carolina (50th pick) to draft Artur Kayumov of the KHL. He has only played in 2 games in the KHL.

Despite having getting draft picks and salary cap relief, the price was of Teravainen was too high.

Grade: D 

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