Chicago Blackhawks’ Best, Worst Summer Trades Under Bowman

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 22: Brandon Saad
COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 22: Brandon Saad /
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Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman likes to throw his weight around in the form of trades, and he’s made a number of them in the summertime during his Windy City tenure

Yesterday, we talked about summer free agency successes and failures for Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman in his time with the club. Today, we’re going to look at some more offseason acquisitions and departures, this time in the form of Bowman’s summertime trades.

Like with yesterday’s free agents post, I won’t be looking at this year’s trades. There hasn’t been nearly enough time to evaluate their success or failure rates. So the deal that sent Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona, the swap that moved Artemi Panarin to Columbus and the trade that shipped Marcus Kruger to Vegas (briefly) will not be discussed here.

Nor will there be any discussions of 2016 summertime trades, because Bowman didn’t make any — except during the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, in which case the moves involved 2016 draft picks. Those deals will be touched on.

A lot of qualifiers to deal with from the outset, so before we get too bogged down in that, let’s take a look at the best and worst summertime trades of the Bowman-Blackhawks era.