This one is probably still really divisive among Blackhawks fans, a large portion of whom were really attached to the grinder Shaw. People remember his gritty style leading to dirty goals, as well as his occasional flashes of actual offensive talent in stickhandling the passing.
Shaw had 21 points across the two Stanley Cup runs he was part of in Chicago. He was a solid bottom-six glue guy, coming up no bigger than when he teamed with Kruger and Andrew Desjardins to form a shutdown line during the 2015 Cup run.
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Now, Shaw is heavily paid to produce in Montreal. He comes in at a cap hit of $3.9 million, and this will be the case through the 2021-22 season. He netted just 29 points last season while racking up a ridiculous 110 penalty minutes. Shaw could revert to his more useful ways starting next season, but the most recent version of Shaw isn’t what the Blackhawks need right now.
Should Blackhawks want him back: No.
I included Bickell on the list despite the fact he is now retired from the NHL, and I did so for one reason. I still would’ve liked to see the Blackhawks sign him to a one-day contract so he could retire in Chicago.
He had far more history with the Blackhawks than the Carolina Hurricanes, and while the Canes were very supportive of Bickell after his multiple sclerosis diagnosis, it would’ve been great for Bickell and the Blackhawks to have an honorary contract signing.
Should Blackhawks have wanted him back: Yes, on a one-day contract.