The Chicago Blackhawks that might not be back next season

Jonathan Toews #19, Chicago Blackhawks (Getty Images)
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Andrew Shaw, Chicago Blackhawks
Andrew Shaw #65, Chicago Blackhawks. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw will always be a fan favorite Blackhawk in my eyes. The role he played for the Blackhawks during their championships in 2013 and 2015 was amazing, and there is no doubt in my mind that Blackhawks fans will always remember him.

With that said, it does not make sense why he is on this team. The Blackhawks have a number of forwards capable of playing a feisty role that can bother opposing teams in front of the net. Obviously Shaw brings a lot more to the table than just that, but he is also struggling with injuries.

Shaw contributes more to the team when he is scoring goals and being vocal in the locker room, but the way he plays is getting him hurt and costing him games during the season. Shaw only got into the lineup 26 times this past season, and I do not think that number is going to up next year.

The four million Andrew Shaw makes might be able to clear up some cap space for other players. It would be a gut punch to Stan Bowman to trade away Shaw the year after he brought him back for two second-round picks but, the Blackhawks would be better off because of it.

Plus trading Shaw away would give the Blackhawks enough salary cap space to keep a player around who plays a similar role to Shaw.