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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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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 10: Brent Seabrook #7 of the Chicago Blackhawks walks the red carpet prior to the game against the San Jose Sharks at the United Center on October 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 10: Brent Seabrook #7 of the Chicago Blackhawks walks the red carpet prior to the game against the San Jose Sharks at the United Center on October 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /

2015-16 Season

September 26th, 2015 Chicago re-signs Brent Seabrook to 8 years 55 million dollar contract

This was the beginning of the end for Chicago. Signing Brent Seabrook to a massive contract when he is already in his thirties was stupid. However, I can not blame Seabrook for signing the contract. I blame Bowman for giving it out.

I do not think Seabrook has been in his prime during any time of his massive 8-year contract. Chicago gave this out when he was already showing shines of age and a lack of speed. Yet they gave it to him anyway.

Seabrook might be the most overpaid player in the NHL and considering he has a no-movement clause to go with it Chicago is in a worse situation.

Dec 14th, 2015 CHI receivers Rob Scuderi from Pittsburgh for Trevor Daley

Do I need to explain why this trade is on the list? Chicago gave up Trevor Daley, the cornerstone piece of the Patrick Sharp trade for Rob Scuderi, a defenseman already basically done with his career.

Bowman thought the two teams were just swopping bottom pairing defenseman that is until Daley went to Pittsburgh and thrived. Obviously it is not all Bowman’s fault that Daley struggled in Chicago, but he did know the style of play Chicago was playing.

Why would you go out and add a player that does not play well in your system? I know Bowman could not foresee how Daley would play in Chicago’s system but come on you should have some understanding of your club.

Feb 25th, 2016 CHI receives Andrew Ladd Jay Harrison and Matt Fraser from Winnipeg for Marko Dano, and a 2016 1st round pick

I get it. Some years it works and other years it doesn’t. Chicago bought into a playoff run when they traded for Andrew Ladd in 2016, but did they really need to give up that much to get him back?

Ladd was a left-winger who could play alongside Toews and Hossa, and that alone was a reason to bring him back. However, Chicago gave up a first-round pick and a highly skilled prospect in Marko Dano.

You want to make a run for the cup every season, but that does not mean you should give up every asset you have to do so. At some point, you just have to rely on the group you have, which brings me to the next trade/

February 26th, 2016 CHI receivers Tomas Fleishmann and Dale Weise from Montreal for Phillip Danault and a 2018 2nd round pick

One of the worst trades of all time in my opinion. Phillip Danault has become a consistent center in Montreal with a great faceoff percentage. I would have rather seen the team give up a player like Nick Schmaltz instead of Danualt.

Again Bowman should have been more confident in the players Chicago had in their locker room rather than look elsewhere for stars. Quenneville did not even use Fleishmann or Weise in the playoffs, opting to use his own players throughout much of the first round. Maybe Bowman should have asked his head coach if he wanted to add two depth forwards before trading away a skilled future top 6 forward.

June 15th, 2016 Chi receivers a 2016 2nd and a 2017 3rd round pick from Carolina for Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen

Ok, the 2015-16 season might have killed the Blackhawks. When you look at all of these moves Bowman made you can begin to see how a team that won 3 cups and had a great postseason streak going would go on to lose it just a few seasons later.

We already mentioned how Bryan Bickell had a contract that was bad enough for the team, however now you add in the fact that the team gave up TEUVO TERAVAINEN to get Carolina to take Bickell and honestly I want to cry.

Teuvo went to the Stanley Cup final and won during his rookie season in 2015. The narrative around the team was he needed to do more. He was a rookie what do you expect? If Kirby Dach doesn’t have a great first season are we going to trade him away in a sweetener for someone to take the Brent Seabrook contract?

Teravainen should still be in Chicago. Could you imagine a top 6 of Teuvo Toews Kane Debrincat and Strome and Panarin? That would be amazing. Maybe you use a different asset to trade away Bryan Bickell, or maybe you just put him on long term injury reserve, either way, don’t give him away with an actual NHL player as the sweetener.

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