The Chicago Blackhawks championships came at a cost. All those years of buying in at the deadline cost the team a decent amount of talent. Today, let’s highlight some of the pieces the team lost.
Winning comes at a cost sometimes. For the Chicago Blackhawks, the price of winning has been some bad mediocre teams as of late, however, even those issues seem to be from other things outside of the moves from the early Blackhawks teams.
Everyone will remember the impact Johnny Oduya had on the Blackhawks, but they might not remember what it cost the team to bring him into the organization, same is true with Antoinne Vermette, and even Andrew Ladd a few years later.
So let’s take a look at all the assets the Blackhawks traded away on their path to win the Stanley Cup.
The exception to everything is the 2010 team. The Chicago Blackhawks really did not buy-in at the deadline for any sort of price. Instead of running the ball by trading away their first-round pick they stood pat at the deadline and went for a cup with their group.
Where the 2010 team really showed their cards is from what they gave up at the deadline. The team had to move on from Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, and a slew of other big-name players like Kris Versteeg.
Rather than making trades at the deadline, the Blackhawks took a risk on a team filled with cap issues and it ended up working out for them as they won the Stanley Cup that summer for the first time in a long time.
The Chicago Blackhawks made a few trades around the deadline adding Michael Frolik to the team they gave up Hugh Jessiman, David Pacan, and Jack Skille in a trade with the Florida Panthers. That summer was another example of the team needing to give guys away because of the salary cap. Brian Campbell, Troy Brouwer, and Tomas Kopecky all were dealt away from the team for picks and prospects.