November 14th, 2013 CHI receives Kris Versteeg and Philippe Lefebvre from the Florida Panthers for Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen
I am torn on this trade. On the one hand, I am happy to see Versteeg rejoin the team and help battle for the Stanley Cup again the following spring. However Versteeg carried a ludicrous 4.4 million dollar contract at the time, and bringing him in did not help the team in any way shape or form financially.
Both Olsen and Hayes would go on to play with Florida during the following season but neither were that successful. I would consider this trade a wash if it wasn’t for how financially ludicrous it was for Chicago. Plus it was the first of many reunions for Blackhawks players, something Bowman loves to do.
March 4th, 2014 CHI receives David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois from Arizona Coyotes for 2014 2nd Round Pick
That second-round pick Chicago gave away would become Christian Dvorak. Dvorak, is second on the team in Arizona with points right now with 17. Maybe if Chicago kept that pick they would have drafted Dvorak who has speed and skill.
Rundblad would spend some time in Chicago on the blue line, but only as a 3rd pairing defenseman.
March 4, 2013, Brandon Bollig Re-signs for 1.25 million a year for 3 seasons
I liked Brandon Bollig as much as the next guy, but why did we give him 1.25 million a year over 3 seasons? He was a bottom-six forward who did not need the type of security a 3-year deal offers. I know he was a popular guy with the team following some big fights and other key moments he was in with the team, but giving him a 3-year deal just because he is a fan favorite was kind of confusing.