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The Blackhawks approached the NHL trade deadline with the big picture as the primary focus. They weren't going to compromise the future even though they're in a playoff battle right now.
And they were one of the busiest teams leading up to Monday's final horn.
The Blackhawks made six trades in total, four of them on deadline day. Here's a recap of it all:
Rights to Henrik Borgstrom
Rights to Ryder Rolston
Second-round pick in 2021
Fourth-round pick in 2021
Seventh-round pick in 2021
Third-round pick in 2022
Fifth-round pick in 2021
Fifth-round pick in 2022
The Blackhawks came away as winners in their own right, acquiring assets for both the short term and long term and doing so without giving up any key pieces of the future.
"We’re happy with how it all went, not just today but you look back probably the last week or so," president of hockey operations and GM Stan Bowman said. "It’s really consistent with what we’ve been trying to do, going back to the offseason. We’re trying to rebuild our asset pool. We’re trying to bring in some young players. And it’s not only about draft picks but we’re trying to bring in some young players, and then also get some additional draft capital, which we were able to accomplish."
The Blackhawks, most notably, added and upgraded draft picks, giving them two second-round selections in 2021 and two third-rounders in 2022. They also landed the signing rights to Borgstrom, who has some real potential if he can put it all together, along with Stillman, who's a defensive defenseman and brings a different element to the group.
The Blackhawks didn't hit any home runs, but they did make acquisitions that could pay off in the long run. And that was the goal.
"When you add it all up and you look at what we were able to do, I would say very happy with where we’re sitting today," Bowman said. "It’s been a long stretch. Give a lot of credit to my staff, they’ve done a fantastic job getting through and running down all these different scenarios leading up to the deals that we made today. It’s been a good team approach. I think we did what we set out to do, and when that happens, usually you’re really excited about that."
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