The Annual Blackhawks Purge Has Begun - Thoughts on the Bickell Trade

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Today the Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to trade Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2nd round pick in this year’s draft and a 3rd round pick in the 2017 draft.

This should come as no surprise to fans of the Blackhawks. Under the current salary cap and player agreement, top teams seemingly have to retool every year to every other year. That doesn’t mean that the teams have to give up players for nothing though, so let’s look at the trade and see what we find.

If the Blackhawks hope to keep Andrew Shaw, something like this had to be done (See my previous article on why I think the Hawks should trade Shaw), but you would hope the Hawks would get some defense in the trade. Even a prospect that can maybe hit the NHL in a year or two.

So, with only a 2nd and 3rd round pick coming in this trade, this is basically Carolina throwing Chicago a bone and relieving them of Bickell’s contract. Perhaps the Blackhawks have a Free Agent defenseman in mind or have another trade lined up, but needed the breathing space in the cap. If that comes of this trade then I am happy. I am not happy to see either player go, but the Blackhawks need quality defenseman bad and this could allow that to happen.

Good luck to both players. Bickell holds a special place in my heart as a Blackhawks fan and he should hold that spot for you too. He was pivotal to the short season Cup victory and THAT is how we should remember his time in Chicago.

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