Chicago Blackhawks’ Best, Worst Mid-Season Trades Under Bowman
By Colin Likas
It’s time to dig into more Chicago Blackhawks transactions under general manager Stan Bowman, with today’s post looking at mid-season trades
Before we get started with this post, the latest detailing Chicago Blackhawks transactions under general manager Stan Bowman, I have some omissions to address.
Earlier this week, I looked at Bowman’s best and worst summer free agent signings as well as his best and worst summer trades while Chicago’s GM. Who would have guessed, however, that trusting ESPN for hockey information could lead me astray? (They have the easiest route to looking up very old transactions.)
I noticed today that I missed at least two draft-day trades made by Bowman. I’m hoping these are the only two omissions from my first two posts, and that no transactions will be left from today’s post, but please feel free to hit me up on Twitter if you recognize something is missing.
The two summertime trades I missed on Friday
— 2016: Traded Teuvo Teravainen and Bryan Bickell to Carolina for 2016 second-round pick (Artur Kayumov) and 2017 third-round pick (Evan Barratt).
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— 2015: Traded Antti Raanta to New York Rangers for Ryan Haggerty.
I would mark both of these trades in the “worst” category, but it more so has to do with what happened in Chicago well after the trades occurred. I might go so far as to replace my Nos. 2 and 3 worst selections in the original post for these two trades, in order.
The Blackhawks needed Bickell off their books in 2016, but there was no way they could move him alone. So promising youngster Teravainen was dished off as well.
This season, the Blackhawks could really use someone on their second-line left wing … someone exactly like Teravainen. Bowman made this move because he needed salary cap space, but it was a brutal deal then and is even more brutal today.
The Raanta deal didn’t seem so bad initially because the Blackhawks had Corey Crawford starting and Scott Darling in net. Plus, Haggerty seemed like a guy who might be able to play bottom-six minutes relatively soon.
Now, the Blackhawks don’t have Darling but do have a very concerning backup goaltender situation. Meanwhile, Haggerty, meanwhile, left the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs after the 2015-16 season and is now with Pittsburgh’s AHL squad.
So, with those sad omissions out of the way, let’s get to the best and worst of Bowman’s mid-season trades as Blackhawks GM.