Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- A Questionable New Deal

COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 24: Erik Gustafsson
COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 24: Erik Gustafsson /

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman handed out a 2 year extension to Erik Gustafsson yesterday which kind of had me scratching my head. 

For years we all said “In Stan We Trust”, but the more and more we look back on things, the less and less excited you get looking back on the moves Stan Bowman has made.

He’s traded away Teuvo Teravainen and Phillip Danault and basically got nothing in return for them, and if they were still on the Chicago Blackhawks roster today I assure you the team wouldn’t be missing the playoffs like they are right now.

I had a friend message me right before the game yesterday that she doesn’t even want to watch the Chicago Blackhawks anymore this year because they are soooo bad.

So when the decision was announced that the Chicago Blackhawks gave Gustafsson a 2 year extension I was really shocked.  This is the reason the Hawks have had so much trouble with the salary cap.  It’s over spending on bottom six forwards and 3rd pairing defenseman.

There is no real reason to give this much money to Gustafsson.  To me he’s just like the rest of the Blackhawks defenseman outside of Duncan Keith with a limited ceiling and really not suited for above a bottom pairing defenseman in the NHL.

The Hawks need changes not adding to their mess!  Of course Gustafsson scored last night, but that was a fluky shot.

Here are some morning links to start your Hump Day! 

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