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

By Jimmy Lynch
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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DETROIT, MI – APRIL 08: Brian Campbell #51 of the Chicago Blackhawks stops along the boards during an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on April 8, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 4-2 (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – APRIL 08: Brian Campbell #51 of the Chicago Blackhawks stops along the boards during an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on April 8, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 4-2 (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images) /

2010-11 Season

June 24th, 2011 – CHI receives Rostislav Olesz from the Florida Panthers for Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell was an instrumental part of the blue line for the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion team. I understand that he had a huge contract, but he should have been traded for more.

Rostislav Olesz played 6 games with the Chicago Blackhawks, and a few seasons in the AHL before being bought out in June of 2013. If Chicago did not bring in this dud contract of 3.125 million a season they might not have needed to give up Dave Bolland in 2013.

Again the team was struggling to get under the salary cap, and Florida took advantage of that. The return for Campbell though was just not there. Chicago should have gotten a better deal for what was a great top 4 defenseman in Brian Campbell.

June 30th, 2011 Steve Montador signing for 2.75 million a year for 4 seasons

Montador re-signed for more money than Corey Crawford would get just a few months earlier.

I don’t understand why Chicago gave Montador a 4-year contract worth 2.75 million a year with 3 years of a no-movement clause. Montador would go on to play just one season in the NHL where he put up 14 points. The year prior Montador played in Buffalo where he put up 26 points across 73 games. Not really worth 2.75 million a year in my opinion.

If Bowman saved that money maybe Chicago can keep a player like Michael Frolik or Dave Bolland a year or two down the road.

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