This gnarly business of re-signing Andrew Shaw has been draining on Blackhawks fans. The speculation behind the Teuvo Teravainen trade only fueled the animosity many had for Shaw, who was thought to be asking for a hefty sum in his negotiations with the Blackhawks. All that resentment came to a head on Friday night during the Entry Draft, and it left a lot of people relieved in the end.
With the phrase “We have a trade”, Shaw was sent to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for two second round picks – one in this draft and one in next year’s draft (which, coincidentally, is in Chicago). You could feel the sense of relief wash over the fanbase, who blamed Shaw for Teravainen’s exit on his impending deal. There were also rumors of Marcus Kruger being shopped around to make room for Shaw, but this deal ends that talk.
Shaw had his good points. He wasn’t afraid to get into the crease, sometimes being the player who’d score those elusive goals when others were afraid to get that close to the net. He’s the guy behind the “I love shinpads” yell from the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, and he was the head behind the infamous headbutt goal from last year’s Western Conference Finals.
For all his good points, Shaw was, in a word, a pest. He needled people right and left, and it’s only fitting that he got into his first NHL fight in his first NHL game. He was also the guy who took the most stupid penalties, sometimes costing the Blackhawks a goal or putting them on the penalty kill at the wrong time.
Of course, he made some friends along the way, namely Nick Leddy and Brandon Saad. When they were both traded, Shaw commented at Convention “All my friends get traded away.” Now he knows how they feel.
Then again, the Blackhawks locker room will be much quieter now that he’s gone.
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This trade gives the Blackhawks not quite $8 million dollars to spend on new faces and a new contract for Artemi Panarin. Let’s cross fingers that Stan Bowman knows what he’s doing.
*The article photo’s caption refers to a video of two guys at Montreal’s La Banquise restaurant, which is famous for its poutine. Side gravy with poutine is wrong.