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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Oct 19, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Brandon Pirri (right) celebrates scoring a goal with defenseman Brent Seabrook (left) against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 19, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Brandon Pirri (right) celebrates scoring a goal with defenseman Brent Seabrook (left) against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports /

March 2nd, 2014: Blackhawks trade Brandon Pirri to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 2014 third-round pick and a 2016 fifth-round pick

Brandon Pirri was supposed to be slotted as the Blackhawks’ next second-line center, but somehow his game never translated to the NHL level for the Blackhawks.

He won the AHL MVP one year and continuously was one of the IceHogs’ top players, but the big stage seemed like too much for Pirri at the time.

Pirri has since been a journeyman playing for the Panthers, Ducks and currently the Rangers. He has had some decent seasons, but nothing like the ’Hawks had planned for him.

Was it worth it?

Well, the Blackhawks made a trade with the San Jose Sharks that swapped their 2014 first-round picks in exchange for the Blackhawks sending the Sharks a third-rounder for a sixth. Because the ’Hawks were able to move up in the first round from 27th to 20th, they selected Nick Schmaltz.

The 2016 fifth-rounder was traded to St. Louis for a 2017 fifth-round pick.

Judging on how high the ’Hawks are on Schmaltz, I’d say this trade was worth it.

Mar 21, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman David Rundblad (5) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars shut out the Blackhawks 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 21, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman David Rundblad (5) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars shut out the Blackhawks 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

March 4th, 2014: Blackhawks acquire David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a 2014 second-round pick

Rundblad gets a bad rap because he was kind of a turnover machine. Blackhawks fans cringed when he and Kyle Cumiskey were on the ice during the 2014 playoffs.

GM Stan Bowman liked Rundblad’s size and continued to not realize his mistake when he re-signed Rundblad to the Blackhawks roster the following year. I think he could have been successful on another team where he wasn’t a sixth/seventh defenseman, but not on a quick team like the ’Hawks.

Brisebois was simply a throw-in but never reached the NHL level.

Was it worth it?

Hold your breath, ’Hawks fans. The 2014 second-round pick traded to the Coyotes turned into Christian Dvorak.

Dvorak is one of the many young forwards the Coyotes are building around and has an extremely bright future. The former Team USA juniors star is fitting in quite nicely and has some serious moves. See below:

Because Rundblad and Brisebois didn’t really work out, I don’t believe this deadline trade was worth it.

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