• Jack P.

Blackhawks Trade Fleury and Carpenter at the Deadline

It's safe to say that Blackhawks fans were expecting the Hawks to trade a lot more players at Monday's trade deadline. As we know, Kyle Davidson told the media many times that the team would be going into a heavy rebuild and with zero first round draft picks this year, the Blackhawks would do anything they could to try and boost the rebuild with acquiring a first-rounder.

The offer that blew Davidson's mind came from the Tampa Bay Lightning. He received two great prospects and two first round picks for 2023 and 2024, for Brandon Hagel. One of those prospects, Taylor Raddysh, has been playing on the second line and has already scored two goals and picked up two assists in just four games played so it's safe to say he's found a nice home here in Chicago. Hagel was one of three Hawks that would be traded before Monday as the Hawks also sent goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to the Minnesota Wild and forward Ryan Carpenter to the Calgary Flames. From both of these trades, the Hawks picked up two more draft picks which were a conditional second round and fifth round pick. The conditional second-round pick can become a first round pick if Minnesota makes the western conference final and Fleury records three or more playoff wins. So Hawks fans, we will have a reason to watch the playoffs! Even though the Wild are one of the Hawks worst rivals, it would be nice to see Fleury do well and that second round pick turn into a first. Even though it was just a short stint for Fleury in Chicago, it was a good one. He brought so much joy to the fans in Chicago, making great saves and setting an influence on all the young fans and players. He was a great locker room guy and a lot of players on the Hawks said that he was the best teammate that they have ever had. He and Patrick Kane's rivalries were awesome, seeing two legends compete against each other. Overall, he was great for the fans, the organization, the coaches, and all the players on the Hawks roster.

Carpenter was sent to the Calgary Flames after a deal was almost completed with the Nashville Predators, a division rival. The trade did not go through with Nashville and Carpenter was sent to Calgary with just a couple minutes left before the deadline. Carpenter was a great addition to this team when he first got here and had a very nice couple of years in Chicago and while he was on the fourth line for most of his time, he was very good on the penalty kill and brought energy to the team. Davidson stressed that the team needed more draft picks in the upcoming drafts and that is exactly what he got in the past week. There were also many pieces that Hawks fans thought they would trade, but it was interesting to see some of those faces still playing for the team. Some of those players were Dominik Kubalik, Dylan Strome, Calvin De Haan, and Henrik Borgstrom. Davidson did not end up letting them go, even though many were certain they would not be on the team after the deadline. The only thing we can assume about these moves is that Kyle Davidson has a plan with this team and he knows what he is doing. Kubalik, Strome, and Borgstrom are all young players that could be an important piece to the next great Hawks team. Kane and DeBrincat were called upon by other teams around the league, but we figured that they would not be traded because of their value to the team.

So let's recap all the trades that went down this week: The Blackhawks received Taylor Raddysh, Boris Katchouk, a conditional second round pick that can become a first round pick, two first round picks, and a fifth round pick. Now, looking at this, Kyle Davidson did a very good job in his first trade deadline as the general manager of the Blackhawks. He said he wanted to acquire more draft picks and that is what he did, making this very successful for the organization. This makes the future of the Hawks much more hopeful for the rebuild that the team is going through right now. The Blackhawks are also undefeated since the trades went down, beating the Anaheim Ducks and the L.A Kings in a west coast trip. They will face the struggling Vegas Golden Knights tomorrow, hopefully keeping up their winning ways. Go Hawks!

-Jack P. (IG: @jackpolkow / Twitter: @polkowjack)

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