NHL Trade Deadline

The NHL trade deadline came and went and while there were some big names to switch sweaters, the Blackhawks stood pat despite losing at home last night to Colorado. While the Blackhawks see themselves slipping back to the pack in terms of the standing, GM Stan Bowman must know he’s got a team in place that’ll still give anybody a run for its money. The Blackhawks didn’t make any moves last years either and still managed to win the cup. Of the biggest names to move, most notable was Martin St. Louis to New York who shot himself out of town after Lightning/Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman snubbed him from the gold medal-winning team. In the West the biggest guy to move was Marian Gaborik to LA.

Most of the trades that were made hardly effect Chicago in its quest to repeat. Ryan Miller being traded to St. Louis isn’t quite as big a deal as people think because the Blues already had a good goaltender Miller is a great goalie, but he’s not head and shoulders above Halak. The bigger trade for Chicago to be worried about would be the Gaborik move to LA because he’s an elite skill player at his position. Chicago’s falling in the standings which means they could face LA in the opening round, of course that’d be a rematch of last years conference finals.

Of all the final four teams that remained in last years Stanley Cup Playoffs, only LA made a significant move; and while the name of Ryan Kessler was bandied about for Pittsburgh nothing ever materialized. In looking at all the moves that were made, Chicago’s still one of the top teams in hockey and should make it to the conference finals without much of a problem. The lack of dealing comes from confidence and knowing they’re still the team to beat. Chicago’s got a great young nucleus and by not mortgaging the future with draft picks and prospects nearly set to make a contribution, they assure themselves of longterm success with Toews and Kane being the cornerstone of the franchise for another 10 years will certainly more than a few cup runs still to come.