Chicago Blackhawks: trades

Daniel Carcillo traded to Kings

July, 16, 2013
Powers By Scott Powers
The Chicago Blackhawks traded forward Daniel Carcillo to the Los Angeles Kings for a 2015 conditional draft pick on Tuesday, the Hawks announced.

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Hawks trade Bolland, Frolik

June, 30, 2013
Powers By Scott Powers
The Chicago Blackhawks traded forward Dave Bolland to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks on Sunday.

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Playoffs impacting summer goalie market

May, 22, 2013
Custance By Craig Custance
ESPN Insider
Ray Emery and Corey Crawford Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images
In 2011, knowing they wouldn't be able to keep Ilya Bryzgalov, the Phoenix Coyotes prepared a list of replacements. Mike Smith, then with the Tampa Bay Lightning, was at the top. They loved his size, how he battled and his ability to play the puck. Because of their time together in Dallas, Dave Tippett knew he'd be a great fit.

That year, Smith struggled with Tampa during the regular season with an .899 save percentage and 2.90 goals-against average but for the Coyotes, that didn't matter. They knew what they were getting and a down year only meant he came cheaper.

Then came the playoffs.

The Lightning made an unexpected run to the Eastern Conference finals and Smith started getting playoff time spelling starter Dwayne Roloson that showed his confidence was back and just how good he could play in pressure situations. That postseason, Smith played three games, with a save percentage of .958. He allowed just two goals on 48 shots.

The Coyotes started to fear that Smith's playoff success might earn him more playing time and drive his asking price too high for their budget. That never happened and they signed him to a very reasonable two-year deal that is set to expire this summer.

But the playoffs can completely change the perception of a goalie and what he can demand in his next contract. It can also change how a team approaches their goaltending situation the following summer.

And two goalie situations playing out in the postseason for Pittsburgh and Chicago could help shape an interesting summer goalie market.

When Marc-Andre Fleury struggled to start the playoffs for the Penguins, Tomas Vokoun came in and steadied the ship in round 1. He's been a calming veteran presence and is a big reason the Penguins' game has settled. It's also raised questions about Fleury's future with the Penguins.

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Stan Bowman on trade deadline

April, 4, 2013
By Staff

Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman talks to the media following Wednesday's trade deadline.

Teams under pressure at deadline

April, 2, 2013
Burnside By Scott Burnside

If you talk to any NHL general manager, they will tell you there is never a moment of quiet in which they don't look at what things might be done to improve their team's lot in life. That's what the good ones do, anyway. That's why Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero may still be trolling for a deal before Wednesday's deadline. It's why Boston's Peter Chiarelli would still be looking for a nugget even if he'd acquired Brenden Morrow and/or Jarome Iginla.

But the bottom line is, as the deadline approaches, there are teams for whom the urgency meter is rising, rising, rising. That's life.

Here's a look at five teams for whom the deadline looms large.

Video: Melrose on Oduya trade

February, 29, 2012

Barry Melrose examines how the acquisition of Johnny Oduya could be important as the Blackhawks fight for a playoff spot.

ESPNChicago's Jesse Rogers discusses what the Blackhawks may do before Monday's NHL trade deadline.

Blackhawks GM confident in goalies

February, 3, 2012
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
CALGARY, Alberta -- Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is already on record saying he's looking to trade for a defenseman before the deadline on Feb. 27. But on Friday he stood by his goaltenders, in particular, Corey Crawford.

"I'm happy with the guys we have," Bowman said before his team took on the Calgary Flames. "We need to be stronger in that area but they've proven they're good goaltenders. [Thursday] night it wasn't a good performance, but just two nights before that Corey had a great game."

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Hawks working to build cost-effective roster

June, 27, 2011
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
Make that 13 Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks from the 2010 roster who have moved on, after Tomas Kopecky was traded to the Florida Panthers on Monday. And that number doesn’t include Cristobal Huet, who won’t play another game for the Hawks, or Jordan Hendry, who might not either.

It could be the biggest turnover of a championship roster in just over a year that the NHL has ever seen. The difference between this summer and the last one is general manager Stan Bowman isn’t being forced to make these moves, as he was a year ago. He’s doing them willingly.

The three latest players who left, Kopecky, Troy Brouwer and Brian Campbell, all conceivably would have been overpaid entering the 2011-12 campaign. Campbell’s situation is well documented and while Brouwer and Kopecky were nice players, they were due raises into the $2-million range and both could have ended up playing fourth-line minutes.

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Bill Smith/Getty ImagesAdd Tomas Kopecky to the long list of Cup-winning Blackhawks cut loose by the team in just over a year.
Kopecky getting dealt to Florida was a head scratcher from the Panthers' angle. He's set to be an unrestricted free agent come Friday, and while he had a decent season, he's hardly a player that will instigate a bidding war. Panthers GM Dale Tallon gave up a pick for him when he could have gotten him for nothing at the end of the week. And Tallon has more cap money to spend than anyone in the league. Bowman must have wondered what the catch was for a moment before agreeing. Kopecky has some leverage now, because if he doesn’t sign with Florida, Tallon will come out of it looking bad.

Bowman is simply setting up his roster so he can get close to full value throughout. As the saying goes, this is business, not personal.

Just like last offseason, the Blackhawks who were jettisoned are talented, but don’t fit the team's plans at the prices they were commanding. With the news that Jake Dowell might not return, since the Hawks did not extend a “qualifying” offer to him, the shedding might be complete.

It’s time to add, starting with the re-signing of Chris Campoli, Michael Frolik and Viktor Stalberg. Expect quick and bloodless negotiations, though the restricted free agents don’t have to be signed by Friday when free agency begins. It’s doubtful any will be extended an offer sheet as Niklas Hjalmarsson was last July.

As for Dowell, the fourth-line center simply didn’t live up to the gritty two-way player the Hawks envisioned. He’s not expensive, but the Hawks don’t want to be tied to a one-way contract as they explore rebuilding that trio. A two-way contract could be in the cards for Dowell if he doesn’t find another team to offer better.

Friendly faces

The relationship between the Hawks and their former front office employees has been interesting to watch, to say the least. Last summer, Bowman and Rick Dudley, then with Atlanta, pulled off the blockbusters. This time, it was Bowman and his predecessor, Tallon.

Tallon did the Hawks a huge favor by taking on Campbell’s contract. It’s doubtful anyone else would have. Listening to him at the NHL draft this past weekend, he sounded like a man still wanting to justify the money and years he gave Campbell in 2008 while he was the GM in Chicago and Campbell was a big-ticket free agent. But Joel Quenneville didn’t play him like a $7-million man, and maybe the Panthers will. Bowman and another former Hawks’ GM, Bob Murray, have also done business since the former took over the job in 2009.

For those pining for a return of some of the other championship pieces who exited, ironically, the Hawks now have money to afford some of them back if they desire. John Madden and Brent Sopel are available and both undoubtedly would love to return. Adam Burish is signed for one more year in Dallas and his cap hit is $1.15 million. That seemed like a king’s ransom a year ago, but it’s exactly in line with what the Hawks can -- and probably will -- spend to help rebuild their fourth line. Ben Eager is also available, and the Hawks already kicked the tires on reacquiring him last season before he was eventually moved to San Jose.

“Sometimes you target players, and we do have a little bit more room now to make sure we get guys that we value at that position,” Bowman said of the fourth line on Saturday at the NHL draft. “It’s an important thing.”

Reacquiring players who won the Cup just because they won the Cup is shortsighted and way too sentimental for an NHL general manager. But in the case of a few of these names, it might not be a bad thing.

Burish, Madden and Sopel are capable of providing some of what went missing last season, in terms of character in the dressing room. They also play a role which Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were weary of even before the latest trades: they’re all good interviews. Especially Burish.

Campbell, Brouwer and even Kopecky were all willing and able whenever a microphone was placed in front of them. Every interview they did was one less Kane and Toews had to do. And those stars appreciated it. Burish might talk too much for a coach’s liking, but if he takes pressure off other players, there is plenty of value in it. Of course, the Hawks would have to deal for him, but they have plenty of trading chips with the plethora of players they’ve acquired since last offseason..

New faces

Of course, there are plenty of other players that fit the Hawks’ needs and salary structure who will be available come Friday.

Zenon Konopka, Joel Ward, Mike Rupp, Jamal Mayers and Aaron Asham are some names that could fit the bill. Some might be too old, or not the right fit, but the point is the Hawks can pick and choose instead of being left with scraps. Maybe former Hawk Michael Handzus will get a look. Replacing one Slovak with another would make at least one Hawk happy.

A case could be made it was wrong for any of the players to be moved in the last three days, but the case for the trades is stronger. It starts and ends with the flexibility the trades provide the Hawks moving forward. The purge (part II) is over. Now starts the retooling.

Hawks trade Kopecky to Panthers

June, 27, 2011
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
The Chicago Blackhawks traded the rights to forward Tomas Kopecky to the Florida Panthers on Monday, days before he was set to become an unrestricted free agent.

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Brouwer on his way out?

June, 23, 2011
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
Troy BrouwerAnne-Marie Sorvin/US PresswireWith the emergence of Ben Smith and even Marcus Kruger, Troy Brouwer may be out.
As Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman heads to Minneapolis for the NHL draft on Friday and Saturday, his work for next season's team heats up when he returns.

Bowman said Wednesday he would start dealing with the Hawks' restricted free agents next week, and that's when tough decisions will be made, if they haven't been made already.

"We've made some decisions on our own, but we are not going to be announcing them now," Bowman said. "We've got ideas. There are going to be changes. We're not bringing everyone back."

He's talking more than just Marty Turco and Tomas Kopecky, who are unrestricted free agents and have little chance at returning. Bowman said Alexander Salak was going to be given the chance to be Corey Crawford's back-up, saying he was the "best goaltender in Europe" last season, so that nearly officially closes the door on Turco. But that's not news or a surprise.

As for Kopecky, unless he wants to ignore his career season and forego a raise to stay, he will undoubtedly test the market as that is his best chance in his career to cash in.

Bowman indicated the Hawks would have room to add players, but he must have been talking about the Hawks' salary cap situation after shedding more salary. Despite the rise in the NHL cap to near $64 million, it still means the Hawks need to make some tough decisions. As is, they have approximately $54 million committed to 16 players. It leaves about $10 million for six players, assuming a 22-man roster. But in reality, it's considerably less than $10 million. The Hawks need to save some room for injuries and Bowman was quick to point out the extra cap room could come in handy later.

"The additional flexibility will help us not only in the summer but during the season as well," he said.

So it's probably closer to $7-$8 million the Hawks have to spend. Three restricted free agents, Michael Frolik, Chris Campoli and Troy Brouwer will take up a good bulk of that money -- if they all return. Combined, think $5 million-$5.5 million. Barring a trade, it doesn't leave much room for a high priced newcomer.

The bottom line is whether the salary cap was going to go up or not the Hawks were going to have to say goodbye to one of their millionaires, and one way or another signs still point to Brouwer as being the guy who could go.

Brouwer is set to make at least $2 million next season as he is eligible for arbitration, and his numbers dictate a nice raise from his $1 million salary of 2010-11. But with the emergence of Ben Smith and even Marcus Kruger, there may not be a place for Brouwer among the Hawks' top nine forwards.

Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Smith, Dave Bolland, Marian Hossa, Bryan Bickell, Frolik and Kruger figure to be in the mix as top nine guys to start the season. Brouwer fits there as well, but his salary may not. Line up general managers across the league and all would take Brouwer as a better talent and player than Bickell, but at $525,000, Bickell's 17 goals are a steal. Plus, Bickell and Frolik proved they could be third-line contributors come playoff time, so they've created more flexibility for themselves.

Brouwer isn't going to play the fourth line making over $2 million. Bickell could play there, but it still handcuffs the Hawks in terms of bringing in some edgier players -- who they need -- but might command a little more than the minimum. And it certainly puts a stranglehold on the Hawks' ability to acquire a big ticket center unless it's via a trade where a high priced player, say Niklas Hjalmarsson, is moved.

Unless the Hawks break up their core on defense, at least one of their restricted free agents, if not more, on offense, will be gone by opening night. Viktor Stalberg is another candidate to be moved which could save the Hawks a few dollars. Though he did his best in a fourth line role, it's not his strong suit and the Hawks need some size and grit to return to that line.

Campoli could also be moved since the Hawks are deeper at the blue line now than they were a year ago at this time, but the Hawks blueprint for success has always started with their defense. Keeping Brouwer over Campoli doesn't sound like a choice the Hawks would make.

Bowman promised changes. There is little doubt he'll follow through on that promise.

Agent: Campoli to join Hawks Wednesday

March, 1, 2011
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- Newly acquired Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Chris Campoli is planning on joining his new team in time for Wednesday's game against the Calgary Flames, according to his agent.

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Stan Bowman not disappointed by 1 deal

February, 28, 2011
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ST. PAUL -- Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman wanted more than just the one defenseman he traded for on Monday, though he said he wasn't disappointed with the end result.

"Not disappointed," Bowman said before the Hawks took on the Wild on Monday night. "[We] said our priority was to get something done and we certainly accomplished that. We had a lot of talk about doing another thing. Little different this year. Half as many trades this year as last year. That's indicative. Only a few teams out of the playoff race in East and West."

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Hawks get Campoli; Hendry hurt

February, 28, 2011
With the defense getting more shorthanded by the day, the Chicago Blackhawks acquired defenseman Chris Campoli from the Ottawa Senators on Monday, a source told's Pierre LeBrun.

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Blackhawks working trade possibilities

February, 27, 2011
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said he was on the phone all day Sunday, making calls in advance of the Monday’s NHL trade deadline.

“We’re talking to a lot of people,” Bowman said before the Blackhawks’ game against the Phoenix Coyotes. “I’m losing my voice here. I’ve been on the phone all day. You can’t predict it. But we are aggressively trying to improve the team.”

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Patrick Kane
39 18 21 10
GoalsP. Kane 18
AssistsP. Kane 21
+/-K. Versteeg 15
GAAC. Crawford 2.00