Reviewing Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman’s 2017 Moves

By Sean Fitzgerald
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April 27

The Blackhawks signed Nathan Noel to a three-year $2.775 contract

Review: Noel signed his ELC with the Blackhawks this past year. He was a fourth-round pick in 2016. He is currently playing in the ECHL with the Indy Fuel. He has nine points in 17 games.

Grade: N/A

April 28

The Blackhawks traded Scott Darling to the Carolina Panthers for a 2017 third-round pick

Review: Bowman and company knew Darling wanted to be a starter. He was not going to get an opportunity in Chicago to start. Before losing him to free agency for nothing, the ‘Hawks moved his rights for a third-round pick. The ‘Hawks used the pick Evan Barrett. Barrett is currently playing at Penn State. He has five goals and four assists.

Grade: A 

May 1

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The Blackhawks signed David Kampf two a two-year $1.85 million contract

Review: Kampf was signed out of the Czech League. He started the season in Rockford with the IceHogs. He appeared in 30 games, recording seven goals and nine assists. He has appeared in six games thus far this season with two assists.

Grade: N/A

May 11

The Blackhawks signed Richard Panik to a two-year, $5.6 million contract

Review: There were warning signs before this contract was signed by Panik after his career year of 22 goals and 22 assists. Thus far this season, Panik has five goals and 10 assists in 32 games.

Grade: F

May 29

The Blackhawks signed Michal Kempny to a one-year, $900,000 contract

Review: Kempny is not well liked by the Blackhawks’ coaching staff, and that is why this was a curious signing. Kempny has found himself more in the defensive rotation of late.

Grade: C