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from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
The Blackhawks needed a player like him, a player with heart.
But it's not like he has an abundance of talent. From a skill standpoint, frankly, there's nothing he does all that well.
His best attribute might be that he's willing to fight for space in front of the net and can tip pucks past goaltenders with virtually any part of his anatomy.
The truth, however, is that Shaw is a mediocre talent and the Hawks couldn't afford his asking price.
He was a fan favorite on a small, soft team that had few gritty players, and Shaw -- despite being only 5-foot-11, 180 pounds -- played like one of the Hawks' biggest players.
And Hawks fans will miss him.
GM Stan Bowman tried to sign him, but Shaw thought he was worth more than the Hawks were willing to pay, and that's why he's in Montreal today, in part because he was a victim of the salary cap, but also because he put too high a price on his limited ability.
Joel Quenneville will not be happy that Bowman could not retain one of the coach's favorite players, though they did trade Teuvo Teravainen in hopes of having enough cap space going forward to keep Shaw around, and they did about all they could to keep Shaw in Chicago.
Right wing Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks has won the Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
LAS VEGAS/TORONTO (June 22, 2016) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is the 2015-16 recipient of the Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.
via a release from the NHL,
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin has won the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
Panarin received votes on all 150 ballots and was the top choice on 88 for 1,258 voting points, ahead ofShayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers (955) and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (858).
from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,
Joel Quenneville wanted Andrew Shaw a lot more than he wanted Teravainen, for instance. Wanted to use him in a lot more situations. Trusted Shaw more than Teravainen. Right after the season ended, remember, Quenneville called Shaw "irreplaceable.''...
That’s the way it has to work. No ego, no possessiveness, no piddling on trees to mark territory. This is not a power struggle as I see it, it’s a working relationship, and it works. It has produced three championships in seven seasons, this relationship between the logical, unemotional Bowman and the dynamic, demanding Quenneville. If you’re a Trekkie, Bowman is Spock and Quenneville is Capt. Kirk.
Some GMs couldn’t handle it, but Bowman does because it works and because it’s the only way he could rightly fire Quenneville, if it ever came to that. The only fair way to evaluate a coach is by giving him what he wants.
If the coach can’t deliver another banner or two with the players he wants in what feels like a quickly closing window, then the GM has to find somebody else.
Carolina release is below...
Bowman’s trades didn’t pay off. But they don’t have to kneecap the entire team. Smart drafting, savvy scouting and the willingness of free agents to take less money to play in Chicago should keep the Hawks contending for the near future, no matter how ugly their cap situation is (and it’s ugly).
-Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times. Lazerus answered a few questions regarding the Blackhawks including some of the issues they face this summer.
Former NHL all-star Tom Lysiak has died of leukemia. He was 63.
Lysiak's daughter confirmed his death on her Twitter account.
The native of High Prairie, Alta., played 13 seasons in the NHL with the Atlanta Flames and Chicago Blackhawks, scoring 292 goals and adding 551 assists over 919 games.
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
“Every guy’s merits are stronger than others, and Shawzie’s argument is as tough as you’re ever going to get, because he brings so much to the table that you appreciate,” Quenneville said as the vanquished Blackhawks went their separate ways on Wednesday. “He’s irreplaceable in that regard.”
Quenneville might not have much of a choice. While everyone (including Shaw himself) would like the feisty winger to return next season, the odds are slim.
Shaw will be a restricted free agent on July 1, and as a two-time Stanley Cup champion, a former 20-goal scorer, and a proven playoff performer, he’d have to leave millions on the table in order to stay with the cap-strapped Hawks. A qualifying offer, which would keep Shaw from being an unrestricted free agent, would be worth $2.5 million. On the open market (or maybe even in arbitration), he could command more than $4 million.
While Quenneville deemed Shaw “irreplaceable,” Bowman was far more measured with his words as he awaits the official salary-cap number.
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