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The Montréal Canadiens struck a deal with the Chicago Blackhawks earlier today. The Canadiens dealt Andrew Shaw and a 2021 7th round draft pick to the Blackhawks for a 2020 2nd round draft pick, a 2020 7th round draft pick and a 2021 3rd round draft pick.
In the tweet below, you’ll see the Montréal Canadiens twitter show the trade in a lovely graphic. Looks better than my opening paragraph, eh?
The Canadiens have acquired Chicago’s 2nd round pick and 7th round pick in 2020, and the Blackhawks’ 3rd round pick in 2021, in return for forward Andrew Shaw and the Canadiens’ 7th round pick in 2021.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) June 30, 2019
Jokes aside. This trade is a great one for the Canadiens. Andrew Shaw was eating up 3.9 million in cap space. Plus, he was coming off of a strong season, in which he managed to tally 19 goals and 28 assists (47 points) in 63 games. His point total was a career high. Shaw had never managed to muster 40 points in a seas on prior to last year.
Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin sold at the right time. He didn’t sit back and see if Shaw could have another stellar season in 2019-20. Instead, he pulled the trigger and agreed to a trade with Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman.
Personally, if you had asked me who won this trade, I’d give the edge to the Canadiens. If Shaw put up another mediocre campaign, Bergevin would never have received this kind of return. Instead, Bergevin stockpiles draft picks for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and now has 12 draft selections. Twelve. Yep, you read that correctly. He’s got twelve picks for next year’s draft. It’s going to be one of the best draft classes in NHL history and now Bergevin has the chance to snag many assets for the Canadiens. In addition, he could use some of his fourth round draft picks (he’s got four of them for the 2020 Draft) and move up.
Also, the Canadiens add 3.9 million in cap space and now have 13.55 million in space. The Canadiens have a plethora of space and can now target some much needed depth forwards. There are quite a few forwards on the market, who could be great fits for the Canadiens. Justin Williams, Marcus Johansson, Derick Brassard, Patrick Marleau, Mats Zuccarello, Wayne Simmonds and Anders Lee are available.
For the Blackhawks, I simply don’t understand why Bowman agreed to this trade. I understand that the Blackhawks have quite a bit of familiarity with Shaw. Shaw had played in Chicago for five seasons before packing up and moving to Montréal. But, if Bowman truly was familiar with Shaw, he’d understand that Shaw isn’t a top six forward. He had a solid campaign in Montréal, but the production isn’t consistent with his production in previous seasons. Also, Bowman is giving up a second round pick, when he could easily get a top six forward for the future in next year’s draft. Honestly, it doesn’t make sense and it’s an awful move for Chicago.
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