The First Contract: Andrew Shaw
Andrew Shaw has always been one of the best steals at the draft for the Blackhawks. While he was not a high draft pick Shaw managed to find his way into the NHL and by the year 2011-12, he was an average contributor with the team.
Shaw’s role with the Blackhawks only got larger over time, and he was a critical piece of the team’s two Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015. Shaw’s time with the Blackhawks would end up getting cut short due to salary cap issues in the 2016 offseason. So Shaw was dealt to the Montreal Canadians for some draft picks and then traded back to the ‘Hawks in 2019
Andrew Shaw’s contract is not the best thing the Blackhawks have going on. He is signed for another two years at 3.9 million a year, taking up a pretty good amount of salary especially when considering he has spent a lot of time out due to injuries.
Andrew Shaw is one of my favorite Chicago Blackhawks personally, but even still his contract is going to haunt the team unless he plays up to par or ends up on injury reserved. I hope Andrew Shaw is alright and manages to get past these concussion issues, and his spooky contract is no comparison to what is next on this list.