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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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TAMPA, FL – JUNE 13: Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks in action against the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game Five of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 13, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL – JUNE 13: Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks in action against the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game Five of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 13, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) /

2014-15 Season

Oct 4th, 2014 CHI receives T.J. Brennan Ville Pokka Kent Simpson and Anders Nilsson from NYI for Nick Leddy

Nick Leddy deserved more, there I said it. I know he was the player that got blamed for the 2014 Conference final loss against LA. However, that was not his full story.

Leddy was young and fast. He had a niche to get the puck into the offensive zone, something any team would take as an asset. Any team that didn’t have Joel Quenneville as coach that is. Leddy often found himself in the dog house because of his type of play. Which makes it easier to see why the team shipped him out.

Chicago received a coveted asset in the return for Nick Leddy, Ville Pokka. Pokka never cracked the lineup with the team and the rest never made an impact either, go figure.

Stan Bowman did a great job figuring out he needed to trade players away, however, bringing in talent in return has never been his forte.

July 10th, 2015 Chi receives Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt from DAL for Stephen Johns and Patrick Sharp

Patrick Sharp had to be traded, and that is ok. I believe everyone knew that Sharp would find himself elsewhere after the 2015 season. I just think we all thought Chicago would get a little bit more as a return for the team’s alternate captain that had won 3 Stanley Cups.

Sharp was always going to be remembered as a Chicago Blackhawks legend. Which makes the decision to trade him to a division rival even more confusing. Maybe I am over-analyzing here, but Chicago traded Sharp to a divisional opponent that they would have to play a lot throughout the season. Why wouldn’t they send him to the east coast?

Hey, at least Chicago traded for a soon to be Stanley Cup champion…. oh wait Daley won with the Penguins, not us…

June 27th, 2014 CHI receives Ryan Haggerty from NYR for Antti Raanta

Like the previous two trades, this one is just a bad return. Ryan Haggerty did not address any needs the team had and did not make an impact on the team. Why didn’t Chicago trade for a second or third-round pick?

Antti Raanta was a proven backup goaltender at the time, who had made waves in Chicago before Scott Darling took the spotlight from him. Again I know the team had little bargaining chips with 2 goalies above Raanta, but just because a player is expendable does not mean you should give him away for nothing.

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