You wanted Bryan Bickell to be sent away. You prayed the Blackhawks would buy him out or trade him. You like him and all the good work he’s done for the community, but he just stinks and has a contract that weighed the team down like a cinder block. It’s been that way for the past two years.
So when the Blackhawks made a trade for picks, you knew he’d be gone. You just didn’t think he’d take a good guy with him.
Bickell’s off to the Carolina Hurricanes, but he’s also going with Teuvo Teravainen in exchange for two second round draft picks. That’s right, Finnish Cold, the guy that we all waited for while he conditioned in Jokerit and Rockford. Now he’s gone.
Sure, Teuvo’s had a slump of a season. You could blame that on being shoved onto some less than stellar lines and not having a lot of stability. He may not have fit in the top six, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t a good fit on the team. But he’s only 21, and things can only get better for him. Unfortunately, he’ll get better in Raleigh.
You know what’s coming after this cap relief. It would be nice to think that this move will give Stan Bowman a bit of freedom to do more, but the big fear is that he’ll spend it all on a shiny new contract for Andrew Shaw. A lot of fans are wishing he would just disappear into the ether and be traded, but alas, it was not meant to be. Spending the space on him and not trying to do something else would be a mistake.
Shaw had his moments, but more often than not, fans spent their time yelling at him and wishing they could smack him with Sunday’s edition of the Sun-Times, with a little weight added for good measure. No offense to Daniel Carcillo, but Shaw’s like him, but with a bit more skill and less of that “give a damn” mentality on the ice. Guess I’ll have to hold on to this sign for a while longer:
Hopefully, Bowman will have learned one valuable lesson from this: don’t reward some one-shot past performance with a nice, fat contract. Always look to the future, but be realistic about it.
By the way, the Blackhawks are still stuck with $1.125 million of Rob Scuderi’s contract for another year. He’ll keep haunting us all, like finding glitter in unwanted places.
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