Stan Bowman and the Chicago Blackhawks might have just had their best trade deadline since Bowman joined the team. While there have been good moves in the past to help push teams over the top to win a Stanley Cup, this deadline did not feature a bad trade.
Let’s just brush up on the past day of deals and talk about how the Hawks are in a better position now than they were a few days ago. I believe most Blackhawks fans to be sellers at the deadline, but I do not think anyone expected the return the team got.
There were winners and losers around the league, and Chicago was one of the winners. Trading Janmark to Vegas for a second-round pick, the same reward for Taylor Hall being traded to Boston, was awesome to see.
The trades yesterday highlight the right move by Bowman and the Blackhawks. Making the playoffs this season is not the main priority, as evident by trading away Janmark and Soderberg two depth pieces on the roster.
Here are the Chicago Blackhawks trade deadline deals:
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Traded F Mattias Janmark to Golden Knights for 2021 2nd round pick and 2022 3rd round pick (included San Jose)
Traded F Carl Soderberg to Colorado for F Josh Dickinson and the rights to F Ryder Rolston
Traded D Madison Bowey to Vancouver for 2021 4th round pick
There is not one of these trades that I do not like. Turning Bowey into a fourth-round pick will bring another prospect to the team, one that did not cost the team much as he hasn’t been in the lineup a lot this season.
Adam Gaudette is a better forward than Matthew Highmore. I do not know what the Cancukcs see in Highmore, but Gaudette is still a more skilled forward. The Soderberg deal was a classy move by Bowman in my opinion.
The Avalanche are set to go on a playoff run this spring and Soderberg spent a lot of time with the Avs in the past. Letting him go back to Colorado for two prospects didn’t hurt either team. Finally, the big deal of the day was the fact that Bowman got a second-round pick and a third-round pick from the Knights for Janmark, a year before all he could get was a second and Subban for Robin Lehner.
The Blackhawks probably won’t make the playoffs this season, but the great play of the young players paired with the good deals yesterday makes me excited for the future.