After reading the title of this article back to myself I couldn’t help but laugh and think of Pardon My Take and how they make fun of the word “grit.” After the Chicago Blackhawks traded for Andrew Shaw, however, it was hard not to think of what was coming back to Chicago.
A scrappy, player that does whatever it takes to win.
That’s Andrew Shaw and the Hawks have missed that type of player since they traded him a few years back. It didn’t come at a cheap price though. The Blackhawks will take on ALL of Shaw’s current contract and gave up three draft picks in the process.
Blackhawks acquire Andrew Shaw (!) and a seventh-rounder from Montreal for a second- and seventh-rounder in 2020 and a third-rounder in 2021. Shaw is signed through 2021-22 at $3.9 million a year.
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) June 30, 2019
Let’s examine this trade and figure out what Shaw will bring to the Hawks and what it will mean for free agency and the rest of the offseason.
Shaw does it all. He’s a versatile player that can cause problems for the opposing team. Remember, his series against the St. Louis Blues in 2016? Shaw was everywhere on the ice and under the skin on the Blues. He also scored some BIG goals and was a huge reason why that series ended up going seven games.
The Hawks could and should use Shaw on the penalty kill, but to me, this move was about getting a player that can create and score dirty goals in front of the net. Throw Shaw on the power play and let him camp out in front of the goalie. Good things will happen.
this is andrew shaw after he got done hulking up in the penalty box pic.twitter.com/J4cs2VyBNe
— JONNY THRE3 CUPS (@19JToews) March 23, 2016
Greasy goals. If the Hawks keep Shaw, I’d throw them on a line together. Hopefully, Shaw could rub off on Saad, who used to be a similar type of player.
Last year, Shaw had 47 points and scored 19 goals. Don’t expect that kind of production with the Hawks. Shaw is good for 15 goals and keeping opposing teams on their feet. I would imagine Shaw plays of the third line as a center, which brings me to my next points.
More Trades Coming
Shaw isn’t cheap and the Hawks have to pay the rest of his deal, so you can expect them to make a few more trades to give them some cap space to sign a few free agents. Brandon Saad, Connor Murphy, Erik Gustafsson, and Artem Anisimov are all on the list of player that could give the Hawks more cap space if they were moved.
If I was a betting man, which I am, I would say Anisimov and a defenseman gets moved sometime this week. There’s no reason to hold onto a bunch of d-men, especially with the young guns the Hawks have in the minors.
Let’s hope Stan Bowman can get creative.
As I touched on above, the Hawks gave up three draft picks to get Shaw back. Seems like a lot, but keep in mind Bowman did use one of the picks he got back in the deal that sent Shaw to Montreal to draft Alex DeBrincat.
At the end of the day, Bowman can try to build for the future all he wants. Kane and Toews are STILL HERE. They have to do something to try and “go for it” when those two are still in their prime.
Also, the Hawks could easily get one or two of those picks back by trading either Murphy or Gustafsson.
Former Blackhawks Coming Back/Health
Bowman loves to bring “his guys” back.
Not many of those moves have worked out the second time. With the type of violent game Shaw plays, he is susceptible to injuries. Shaw had three concussions, a knee injury and a neck injury over the last two seasons. There’s a risk, but one the Blackhawks were willing to take at this time.
If Shaw can play in 67-72 games, it would be a win for the Blackhawks.
Either way, I’m happy “the Mutt” is back.
Nick is the editor-in-chief at TheLoopSports.com & owner of TheChalkTLS.com. He is also a fantasy sports junkie, sports bettor, and Bears/Football fanatic. For more fun, follow him on Twitter @PetroTLS.
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