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 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette (80) holds the Stanley Cup during the 2015 Stanley Cup championship rally at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette (80) holds the Stanley Cup during the 2015 Stanley Cup championship rally at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports /

February 28th, 2015: Blackhawks acquire Antione Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes for Klas Dahlbeck and a 2015 first-round pick

Well, the picture above should answer if this trade was worth it. Although Vermette didn’t fit in right away, his presence was felt in the 2015 playoffs, winning key draws and scoring clutch goals.

In fact, he was pretty awful in tallying just three assists in 19 games during the regular season. But we don’t remember him for that do we? We remember him for this:

And this:

Was it worth it?

Duh, the ’Hawks won the Stanley Cup. But let’s analyze what the Coyotes got in return. Klas Dahlbeck was pretty much a bust for them, and their first-round pick in 2015 was Nick Merkley, who is still to be determined at the NHL level. So yeah, worth it.

Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /

February 27th, 2015: Blackhawks acquired Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick

Timonen was added to the Blackhawks’ 2015 playoff roster to provide some veteran leadership and depth on the blue line. Although he didn’t play much and truthfully was a burden when he did, Timonen still was a part of a great Stanley Cup team. It was nice to see a player do this after 16 seasons in the NHL:

Was it worth it?

Look — it’s always worth it when you win the Stanley Cup. Philadelphia drafted Travis Konecky in the second round of the 2015 Draft with the Blackhawks’ pick.

Jan 5, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55) checks Chicago Blackhawks left wing Spencer Abbott (24) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 5, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55) checks Chicago Blackhawks left wing Spencer Abbott (24) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /

Honorable mention

In a smaller trade in 2015, the Blackhawks traded TJ Brennan to Toronto in exchange for forward Spencer Abbott. Abbott is currently Rockford’s leading scorer with 29 points in 45 games.

Unfortunately the only two photos available that we could use of Abbott were of him getting cross-checked.

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