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Questionable Moves by Stan Bowman During his Time with the Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 10: Stan Bowman, Chicago Blackhawks senior vice president and general manager, speaks to the media in between periods of the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on January 10, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 10: Stan Bowman, Chicago Blackhawks senior vice president and general manager, speaks to the media in between periods of the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on January 10, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 07: Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks waits for play to begin in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center on November 7, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 07: Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks waits for play to begin in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center on November 7, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images) /

2018-19 Season and Now

The 2018 season did not feature many bad trades. The only main issue I had was the firing of Joel Quenneville which I talked about a few weeks ago on the one year anniversary. When you look back on the last 3 or 4 seasons respectively you can really see where the Blackhawks fell in terms of talent in large part thanks to Stan Bowman.

This summer was no different. Chicago continued to add past players when they added Andrew Shaw, and they continued to make us question our sanity by trading away Henri Jokiharu for Alex Nylander.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions on the Blackhawks roster but when I look at it I see a team that could include players like Teuvo Terravainen, Henri Jokiharu, Jordan Oesterle, Phillip Danault, and Artemi Panarin. Yes I know I did not really talk about the salary cap there, but to me, we wouldn’t have as many salary cap issues if Brent Seabrook was not making 7 plus million a season now would we?

I wish there was a way to finish this article with some kind of conclusion that explained these moves. All I can honestly say is Bowman made the moves that he thought was right in each individual case I just don’t think he did a good job looking at this team in the long term.

What do I know though, if this team goes on a 3 game win streak some fans will be calling Bowman a genius again right?

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