Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks’ Trade-Deadline Deals Have Been Hit And Miss

By Aaron Goldschmidt
Jun 13, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette (80) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third period game five of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette (80) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third period game five of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 13, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette (80) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third period game five of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette (80) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third period game five of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

As the Chicago Blackhawks approach the NHL’s trade deadline, it is assumed they will be buyers yet again

Every year, Chicago Blackhawks fans quarrel on message boards and fan threads about who stays and who goes on the roster. Everybody has their opinions and usually they can be pretty harsh.

But many are right when they say that “business is business.” Teams that want to sustain a winning culture maintain their core and continually build around it.

Blackhawks management understands this, which is why it puts so much emphasis on scouting and development. It has committed to two superstars that take up 30 percent of the salary cap, so mid- to late-round picks must be hits in the hope they develop to fill in roster spots with their low entry-level contracts.

I wrote an article earlier this year on the Blackhawks’ ability to get their young players’ trade value up by playing them with a handful of future Hall of Famers. This cycle of developing late first- and second-round picks and selling them and their upside at the deadline for veteran NHL players is genius. But not all of their deadline trades have worked out.

We’ve analyzed the Blackhawks’ deadline trades from the last five years to see if we are indeed “sacrificing the future” or capitalizing on the “win now” window.

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