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The Chicago Blackhawks Will Miss Andrew Shaw

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.

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Hootinani's avatar

Signing Shaw would have been making the Bickell mistake all over again.  Losing Teuovainen to this endeavor was a big enough mistake on its own.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 06/25/16 at 09:18 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

The truth, however, is that Shaw is a mediocre talent and the Hawks couldn’t afford his asking price.

Bingo. Shaw priced himself and his enormous chin out of Chi-town.
But I’m sure someone will give him $4M a year. GM’s can’t help but hand out cash for heart and toughness; qualities that aren’t hard to comeby in the CHL.
Ex. Brandon Prust.

Posted by Hank1974 on 06/25/16 at 12:14 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Darren Dreger tweet,

The Andrew Shaw negotiation with the Montreal Canadiens continues. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a 5-7 yr extension in days ahead.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/25/16 at 12:21 PM ET

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