To say that the return the Blackhawks got for today’s trade with the Coyotes was underwhelming would be a colossal understatement.
The Blackhawks traded away Marian Hossa’s contract, which carried a cap hit of $5.275 million for the next three years, young forward Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan Oesterle, and a 2019 third-round pick for former Blackhawk Marcus Kruger, right winger MacKenzie Entwhistle (an OHL champion who scored 38 points in 45 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs last year), center Jordan Maletta (23-year-old minor leaguer who played only 29 games last year, scoring four points), AHL defenseman Andrew Campbell (if you Google “Andrew Campbell”, it gives you a character from Pretty Little Liars. Also, he is 30-year-old and has played a grand total of 42 NHL games and two NHL points), and a fifth-round pick for the 2019 NHL Draft.
To put it short, the Bowman got pwned by John Chayka.
Kruger is a decent player, but he will have a cap hit north of $3 million each of the next two years. The only other piece worth mentioning is a fringe-prospect who was drafted in the third round. Other than that they got two minor leaguers, one of whom is apparently a fictional character, all while trading down in the draft, giving up a third-round pick for a fifth-round selection.
The saving grace of this deal is the fact that the Blackhawks have more than $9 million in cap space.
Maybe they can go back in time and sign Tavares… and unsign Ward (or at least sign him for cheaper).
Maybe they can go even farther back and not give Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews such aggressive extensions.
This is going to be a painful year for ‘Hawks fans; that is unless the veterans who are paid millions of dollars play like they deserved their payday.