Earlier this week we looked back at and evaluated the free agent moves Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman made between the end of the 2010-11 season and the final horn sounding against Phoenix. Now, let’s consider the trades Bowman made when shaping the 2011-12 Blackhawks roster Bowman made four trades in June last summer,... Read more »
In what can only be described as a shocking move, a Chicago sports figure is moving to Florida. The Chicago Cubs reportedly traded Carlos Zambrano to the Miami Marlins (with approximately $15M) in exchange for Chris Volstad. Volstad’s numbers were mediocre last year, similar in many ways to Zambrano’s in Chicago… but he isn’t loco... Read more »
When the Blackhawks traded away Brian Campbell this summer and brought in Steve Montador, Sean O'Donnell and Sami Lepisto, the initial assumption was that Chicago would feel a drop-off on the offensive end of the ice.
That couldn't be further from the truth. Indeed, the Blackhawks blue line is among the best offensive groups in the NHL to date.
A lot has been said about the players coming into Chicago, but the players leaving Chicago were favorites to many fans. Let’s look at where the now-former-Blackhawks have landed for the 2011-12 season. Brian Campbell – Florida Panthers Tomas Kopecky – Florida Panthers Campbell was traded for Rostislav Olesz in one of the most mind-boggling... Read more »
It was announced hours before the Blackhawks Convention opens that the team had reached an agreement with free agent defenseman Sami Lepisto on a one-year deal. What does this mean to the blue line for the Hawks this year? Let’s take a look. First, the Hawks now have seven defensemen on their NHL roster without... Read more »
As the dust settles from a wild weekend of free agent movement and trades around the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks have been quietly active. While they haven’t spent millions of dollars, or (more importantly) committed multiple years to many players, they have made some moves in hopes of improving the roster for the 2011-12 season.... Read more »
In the wake of the Blackhawks becoming incredibly active at the NHL Draft, the options for Stan Bowman’s summer shopping have opened up. Let’s look at some players that might be in play for the Blackhawks in the coming weeks. Ville Leino, LW6’1, 190 – ex Philadelphia Flyers19 goals, 34 assists, 53 points, +14 Leino... Read more »
TSN’s Bob McKenzie has indicated Brian Campbell will be traded to Florida, and has agreed to waive his no-trade clause. The Blackhawks will receive winger Rostislav Olesz. Olesz has three more with a $3.125M cap number, and wasn’t much of a factor last year (17 points in 44 NHL games). Campbell has five more years with a... Read more »
A look at the standings is a distant departure from where the Blackhawks were on Friday night. After their 5-3 win in St. Louis on Monday afternoon, the Hawks are now tied with four other teams – Los Angeles, Dallas, Minnesota and Anaheim – for seventh place in the Western Conference with 68 points. What... Read more »
The headline-grabbing story from the Blackhawks organization on Wednesday night was obviously the trade sending Jack Skille to Florida for Michael Frolik. But one of the strong subplots from the actual game is the increased confidence the coaches are showing in rookie Nick Leddy. After a pathetic loss in Calgary, head coach Joel Quenneville put... Read more »