Vinnie Hinostroza is not the first, and he most definitely will not be the last. Over the course of the past ten years, Stan Bowman has reacquired a number of different players that once donned the Blackhawks sweater.
The list is not that long, but it might be a little too extensive for what Chicago has been through. There are other NHL players out there, and the reunions have not worked out in the past. Today, I want to take a look at the entire list of players Stan Bowman has required and look at how good of a team they could potentially all make up.
All of Bowman’s reacquisitions during the past handful of years have usually fallen off. While Brandon Saad was a great player, the move cost Chicago too much when they lost Panarin. People in Chicago judged Saad on who they gave up to get him back. The judgment also was based on how different he was from his first stint in Chicago.
Every time Stan Bowman makes one of these trades it depends on nostalgia from the fans, and it seems like fans are tired of it. Bringing back different players is not a recipe for success.
I believe Vinnie Hinostroza works with the Hawks, and I am excited to see what he can bring to the team. While he has not been great this season, the past few seasons have really seen him grow as a player.
Different deals like this have been done at the deadline to kind of fill out the lineup for a playoff run. The Ladd move in 2016 and the Oduya deal in 2017 were both similar to that, however, this move by Chicago seems to be like Bowman is giving Hinostroza another chance in the NHL.
Hinostroza has not been at his best this season. He has only put up nine points and has failed to register even a point this season, however with the Coyotes during the two years prior he put up 61 points so there is a possibility he can turn things around in Chicago.
Here is what the Chicago Blackhawks lineup could look like made up of players the team has brought back:
Andrew Ladd – Patrick Sharp – Kris Versteeg (First Time)
Brandon Saad – Marcus Kruger – Kris Versteeg (Second Time)
Brandon Pirri – Andrew Shaw – Daniel Carcillo
Vinnie Hinostroza – Jeremy Morin
Brian Campbell – Johnny Oduya
Obviously, the defense is missing some pieces but knowing Stan Bowman he will make that list longer in the future, right? Maybe Erik Gustafsson comes back to Chicago or Nick Leddy who knows.