Chicago Blackhawks’ Tommy Wingels Traded To Boston Bruins

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 19: Tommy Wingels
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 19: Tommy Wingels /

After making a trade earlier in the day, the Chicago Blackhawks concluded their pre-trade deadline activity Monday by moving forward Tommy Wingels

Ryan Hartman has been moved to the Nashville Predators, and now the Chicago Blackhawks have shipped Tommy Wingels to the Boston Bruins.

This deal was announced shortly after the 3 p.m. Eastern time trade deadline had come and gone, but it was entered to the league in time to qualify.

The Blackhawks were sellers this season, as they should have been. They got rid of two pieces that could be deemed useful by some other teams, and they managed to get a nice little haul for them.

In the Wingels deal, general manager Stan Bowman added a fifth-round draft choice in this year’s event. That runs the Blackhawks’ draft lot up to nine for 2018.

Overall, it seems like Bowman made out well here. The Blackhawks parted ways with two guys who did not fit in to their plans of getting younger and faster. While Hartman isn’t old, he also isn’t fleet of foot. And Wingels isn’t fast or young.

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The Blackhawks added three draft picks and a prospect by moving two guys they were using as bottom-six athletes. They previously received a draft pick for trading Michal Kempny. I’d say that’s a good day at the office for a rebuilding team.

Turning to AHLers?

The Blackhawks may now try to give some guys a glance from the AHL level as this regular season comes to a close. Hartman and Wingels were both regulars in the lineup (most of the time), so there will be openings.

Carl Dahlstrom already has been trying his hand on the defensive end, to mixed results. Who could be up next? John Hayden is a likely choice. Tanner Kero is also there. But from a younger perspective, Matthew Highmore, Anthony Louis and Alexandre Fortin could also be worth a look at forward, should this be able to get worked out with cap space and such.

The Blackhawks are committing to a youth movement while trying to keep their core intact. We’ll see how well this works out, but don’t expect the team to be done making moves before the 2018-19 season. Draft-day trades are entirely likely.

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This team was not nearly good enough to qualify for the 2017-18 playoffs. Bowman is trying to make sure that isn’t the case as soon as next season.