(Source: CBS Chicago) — Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is owning the NHL trade deadline. While there are still 48 hours to go before the deadline expires, it will be tough for another NHL team to match the run Bowman has had over the last couple of days. It all started with adding forward Andrew Ladd on Thursday night.
Stan Bowman is not settling for anything less than a Stanley Cup once again. As soon as the Chicago Blackhawks got within 72 hours of the NHL trade deadline he was wheeling and dealing much like he was last year on their way to their third Cup in six seasons.
Here’s the Hawks scorecard from the past few days:
Chicago acquires: Andrew Ladd, Matt Fraser, and Jay Harrison from Winnipeg for Marko Dano, 2016 1st round pick, 2018 conditional 3rd round pick.
Chicago acquires: Christian Ehrhoff from Los Angeles for Rob Scuderi.
Chicago acquires: Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann from Montreal for Phillip Danault and a 2018 2nd round pick.
All these deals essentially amount to the perfect haul for the NHL’s best GM. Andrew Ladd, who is returning to Chicago for a second tour of duty (Ladd won the Cup with Chicago in 2010), is essentially this years Antoine Vermette. He fits the Hawks needs perfectly, knows what it takes to play there, and was one of the top trade targets league wide. Like Vermette, he cost Stan Bowman a 1st round pick. But when you’re always in the hunt for the Cup a deep run in the playoffs makes those picks worth the price.
Dale Weise adds the physical aspect to a forward group that is probably only lacking in that one area when it comes to the grind of potentially four, seven-game battles ahead. Weise will be a great bottom-6 option for the Hawks. As for Fleischmann, he started the season hot for the Habs and then fizzled out, but Chicago’s championship culture can fix a slump he picked up playing in a losing environment in Montreal. And Christian Ehrhoff is this years Kimmo Timonen. A longer shot to make an impact where desired but certainly worth the cost (Scuderi) and if he can find his offensive spark from the blue line it’s all a bonus.
Let’s face it, Stan Bowman is the best at what he does. Previous Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon set up the franchise perfectly for Bowman when he drafted Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and acquired Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, and yes, even Andrew Ladd once before. Add in that Chicago also had Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Corey Crawford in the fold when Bowman became GM and it left him with the task of managing the pieces around the core that was there. He’s done it flawlessly. And his recent deadline moves to support that core could prove to be more magic made that brings Chicago yet another Stanley Cup.