In an extremely surprising move, Andrew Shaw is on his way back to Chicago.
Shaw began his career with the Blackhawks and spent five seasons with the team before being traded to Montreal in June of 2016 in exchange for two second-round draft picks. He was reacquired this afternoon along with a draft pick in exchange for the three draft picks listed above.
While many fans are excited about the move due to Shaw’s aggressive, energetic style of play, there are some drawbacks. Andrew Shaw is a third-line type of winger (will most likely fluctuate throughout the lineup depending on how Colliton wants to deploy him) who carries a $3.9 million cap hit through the 2021-22 season. Stan Bowman will face an extremely difficult challenge trying to maneuver the salary cap next season when Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome are due for new contracts. Both of those players will be restricted free agents, while Corey Crawford is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2019-20 season.
Certainly, there are still some more moves to be made. As discussed on Episode 29 of Four Feathers, Artem Anisimov, Erik Gustafsson, Connor Murphy, and possibly Brandon Saad could all be potential trade chips for Stan Bowman when the free agency and trading frenzy week begins tomorrow. Overall, the acquisition of Shaw is an okay move in comparison to what some free agents are expected to sign for this upcoming week. However, if the Hawks aren’t able to unload some of the bigger cap hits, it could make things a bit more complicated the road.
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