The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t exactly been known for making blockbuster trades, especially in recent years. However, there have still been a number of great players that the team has acquired.
The Blackhawks built the majority of their 2010s dynasty team through the use of draft picks and free agency. Despite this, there have been trades in the past that have brought some big names to the Windy City, both in the modern era and earlier.
It’s also no secret that general manager Stan Bowman isn’t the most eager guy to pick up the phone for a trade (although the ‘Hawks did have one of their better trade deadlines of recent memory this year). That being said, it’s best to look in the 1990s and beforehand in order to find the biggest blockbusters that Chicago has pulled off.
This isn’t to say that there haven’t been extremely consequential trades made in the Bowman era, because that isn’t entirely true either. However, most of these recent acquisitions have ended up being rental players. I’m going to try and pick out the trades that made an impact on the Blackhawks for the long term.
Here are my top three trades in the history of the Chicago Blackhawks.