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Stan Bowman Reloads The Blackhawks

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Stan Bowman might not be as famous as his dad. Or as ornery as Brian Burke. Or as chatty as Ken Holland.

But what he managed to pull off on Thursday by acquiring Andrew Ladd, generally considered the top available forward heading into the trade deadline, once again underscores why he is the best in the biz.

In the weeks following the Hawks’ Cup triumph last June, Bowman was forced to cast adrift key cogs Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya due to salary-cap considerations. In came former Blue Jacket Artem Anisimov and ex-KHLer Artemi Panarin, who have helped linemate Patrick Kane become the front-runner to win the Hart Trophy as league MVP.

It doesn’t stop there. After swinging the deal to bring in Ladd from the Winnipeg Jets, on Friday, Bowman added to the blue line by acquiring defenceman Christian Ehrhoff from the rival Kings for veteran Rob Scuderi.

And then, Friday night, he added forwards Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann from the Montreal Canadiens.

Meanwhile, the rest of the league was waiting for, well, what? To see the Hawks win a fourth Cup in seven seasons? It might very well happen.

The lesson here: Stan Bowman’s Blackhawks don’t rebuild; they reload. And the architect is Stan Bowman, whose ability to annually keep the Hawks among the Cup favourites is impressive even to his own players.


from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

If and when Stan Bowman joins his illustrious father in the Hockey Hall of Fame — and it’s beginning look a lot more like when than if — instead of a bust they should recognize his achievements with a portrait of an executive balanced on a high wire.

Nobody has tiptoed through the tulips quite like Bowman the Younger, at least not in the NHL’s salary cap era.

The cap, you’ll remember, was put in place to make dynasties all but impossible and to essentially force championship teams to divest themselves of talent almost as soon as they won. This was officially described as “levelling the playing field.”

For the most part, however, the wealthy teams have been doing all the winning since the cap was established in 2005. Now, it appears Bowman’s Chicago Blackhawks are well-positioned to be the first team in the cap era to win two Cups in a row, which would give them four in seven years.


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HeilThom's avatar

*#$%@& the Hawks, man. I hope they shit the bed.

Posted by HeilThom from Hockeytown, USA on 02/27/16 at 11:12 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

He’s done a great job managing the hawks but come on, when you have Toews/Kane and Keith,Seabrook and good goalie to build around it’s not rocket science.

Weise is strictly a rental and didn’t want to leave Montreal but Ladd though I think they will want to try to retain.

Wouldn’t be surprised if Stan wasn’t done either. The hawks need another defenseman and will be looking for a stay at homer that hits and blocks shots.

Damn I sick of the hawks success
shut eye

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 02/27/16 at 11:37 AM ET

topshelf14's avatar

Stan Bowman seems to be unafraid to capitalize on this time period of having Kane, Toews, Keith and continues his “win now” mentality.

Holland unfortunately did not take full advantage of the Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall era like Bowman has with the Hawks.  It would of been nice to see him continue to sell picks and prospects for one or two more Cup runs in the 2010-2014 timeline.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 02/27/16 at 12:29 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Damn I sick of the hawks success

Praying for a quick Slackhawk exit come playoff time. mad

Posted by bigfrog on 02/27/16 at 08:34 PM ET

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