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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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PHILADELPHIA – JUNE 09: Andrew Ladd #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks hoists the Stanley Cup after teammate Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 and win the Stanley Cup in Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA – JUNE 09: Andrew Ladd #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks hoists the Stanley Cup after teammate Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 and win the Stanley Cup in Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

2009-10 Season

Jun 25th, 2010 – CHI Receives 2 2010 2nd round picks (NYI and SJS) from NYI for CHI 2010 1st round pick

The only issue is the first-round pick turned into Brock Nelson, the current second-line center for the New York Islanders. Chicago drafted Ludvig Rensfeldt and Kent Simpson with the two second-round picks, neither is playing in the NHL or ever made an impact in Chicago.

I understand the lure of turning one pick into two, however, Chicago could have added a great asset in Brock Nelson assuming the team took the pick in that direction.

Nelson has played in over 500 games during his NHL career. Imagine if the Blackhawks had another center during their run playoff runs from 2013 through 2016, it would have been a great addition to the team.

Jul 1st, 2010 – CHI receives Ivan Vishnevskiy and 2011 2nd round pick from Winnipeg for Andrew Ladd

I understand the Blackhawks had to get rid of players in order to get under the salary cap after winning the Stanley Cup in 2010, but dropping Andrew Ladd for 2 players that combine for 4 games in a Blackhawks sweater is not great.

Andrew Ladd would go on to be the captain of the Winnipeg Jets and an influential part of the team. Trading a two-time Stanley Cup champion for basically nothing isn’t great.

I understand Bowman had little trading leverage because he had to get under the salary cap, but that does not change the fact that he could have added more assets to the team. Ladd could have been worth a little more than a prospect and a second-round pick, especially when you consider what it took to get him back a few years later.

Honestly, I can’t list another trade or signing that was bad in the 2009-10 season. Considering Stan Bowman did not make a big-time trade until after the season it is pretty safe to say that Dale Tallon won the 2010 Stanley Cup for the Blackhawks.

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