Summer free agency is well past its hot point this offseason, so it’s time to take a look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ best and worst additions under general manager Stan Bowman
Big-name free agents signings are always fun to witness and talk about, in the NHL and in the other big three professional sports leagues. Under general manager Stan Bowman, though, the Chicago Blackhawks haven’t made a ton of huge splashes in this department.
If Bowman is going to alter his team, he’s more often doing so through a trade or through the entry draft. That’s been consistent of him since taking over the GM post from Dale Tallon on July 14, 2009 — though the additions of Patrick Sharp, Tommy Wingels, Lance Bouma, Jordan Oesterle and J.F. Berube this offseason somewhat break that mold.
However, that doesn’t mean Bowman’s tenure has been devoid of notable summer free agent signings. Today, we’re going to look at some of the best and the worst in his era.
There won’t be any signings from 2009 covered here, as Bowman made no major acquisitions in his first summer on the job. Interestingly, guys like Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky and John Madden were all signed by Chicago in that year’s summer, but all of those moves occurred 10 days before Bowman was named GM.
I’ll also note I’m only counting guys who A) played more than 10 seconds at the NHL level and B) weren’t with the Blackhawks prior to their signing. So re-signings won’t be looked at here, nor will entry-level contracts. With that in mind, let’s get started.