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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Apr 9, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

February 26th, 2016: Blackhawks acquire Andrew Ladd, Jay Harrison and Matt Fraser from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Marko Dano and a 2016 first-round pick.

Trading for Andrew Ladd seemed like a good idea at the time, but he didn’t do much to help the Blackhawks in the 2016 playoffs. This reacquisition of ex-Blackhawks trend really ticks me off sometimes because we’re seeing these players for who they were, not who they are.

Ladd was in the last year of his deal and the Jets turned an expiring contract into a first-round pick and a top prospect.

It was unfortunate that the Blackhawks lost in the playoffs’ first round to the Blues, but it was more unfortunate that Ladd didn’t contribute more. Yes, he’s great on the forecheck and he scored a couple goals, but how much better were the Blackhawks?

They definitely overpaid for an aging veteran based on his glory days with the 2010 ’Hawks.

Was it worth it?

Nope, it wasn’t. Ladd, Harrison and Fraser are all gone and the Blackhawks didn’t win the cup with Ladd as a rental.

Marko Dano is struggling in Winnipeg now but still has talent. The Jets selected defenseman Logan Stanley with the 18th overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

Oct 29, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Phillip Danault (24) skates during the warmup period before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Phillip Danault (24) skates during the warmup period before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports /

February 26th, 2016: Blackhawks acquire Tomas Fleischmann and Dale Weise in exchange for Phillip Danault and a 2018 second-round pick

This could be the Blackhawks’ worst deadline trade in the last five years. Danault, a former first-round pick in 2010, was held in AHL captivity until finally reaching the NHL in 2016.

A few injuries held him back but he finally got his shot with the Blackhawks. Known for his speed and defense, Danault looked to be a promising bottom-six forward for the ’Hawks.

In an effort to add more depth to the roster for another playoff push, the ’Hawks traded Danault and a 2018 second-round pick for Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann.

Weise rarely got ice time and never fit in on the ’Hawks, which sucks because he was so great in the playoffs for Montreal previously. Fleischmann fit in a little better but made little impact.

Was it worth it?

Absolutely not. Danault now plays big minutes for the Habs and they have an extra second-round pick in 2018. The Canadiens are back to being one of the top team in the East and made the best of two expiring contracts.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it seems like the quality of the Blackhawks’ deadline deals has been getting worse year by year, and it’s ironic that those reaping the benefits of the ’Hawks overpaying are former Blackhawks assistant GMs Kevin Cheveldayoff and Marc Bergevin.

Next: Blues' Struggles Mean Blackhawks Should Be All In

Anytime you make a move at the deadline and you win the Stanley Cup, it’s worth it. If the Blackhawks continue selling high on their prospects in exchange for a chance to win the Stanley Cup while their core is still in its prime, it’s a good idea to make a move.

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