The dreams of Derek Roy and Matt Carle came crashing down hard today. While there was some hope for the Hawks to make a big splash at the trade deadline, simply put, the market place didn’t allow for it. Unless, of course you were willing to give up your kidneys, spleen, and first born.
Instead, the Hawks came away with Johnny Oduya to help manage some of the defensive minutes. It won’t win a whole bunch of popularity contests but it’s not like the Hawks gave up something of significant value. The 2nd and 3rd round picks for the 2013 draft can be relinquished when someone like Bryan Bickell or Michael Frolik gets shipped off in the next couple off-seasons.
Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the John Scott Blackhawk era mercifully ended today when he was sent to the New York Rangers for a 5th round pick. I don’t want to spend a whole bunch of time on it because we’ll hit on all the key points in our Committed Indian column on Wednesday. Check it out then. For now, I will say I could not be more relieved that John Scott is now a former Blackhawk.
As for the current team, it would have been interesting to see what Derek Roy would look like here. But if Paul Gaustad, an upcoming unrestricted free agent, cost the Predators a 1st round pick, it would be logical to assume Roy, signed for another year and supremely better than Gaustad, cost at least three times that much. For a team that is without Jonathan Toews for the foreseeable future, I’m not sure it would necessarily be worth it to give up a 1st round pick, Brandon Pirri, and Brandon Saad for someone like Derek Roy. Even with Toews, it’s debatable.
If this deadline showed us anything, it’s that the onus is on Joel Quenneville to do something with this group. While it’s become the popular rallying cry to blame the core again, this supporting cast is far superior than the one Quenneville had last year and he’s shown even less trust in it. Additionally, he’s shown even more trust in young players who don’t really deserve it.
Andrew Shaw, Nick Leddy, and Dylan Olsen all have taken turns hitting the rookie wall and haven’t really seen any of their rope pulled back. Jimmy Hayes is really the only one who has been handled properly and even he’s starting to be put in precarious situations. It took three injuries for Sami Lepisto to escape from whatever United Center dungeon he was being holed up in. Proven players like Steve Montador (when he was alive), Michael Frolik, and Bryan Bickell suffered whiplash from all their jerking around.
If Toews comes back in time (the most important if of them all right now), this is essentially the same team that was 1st in the conference a few weeks ago. The only person Joel Quenneville will have to blame is himself and the only person Stan Bowman will have to blame is Joel Quenneville.
If Toews isn’t healthy, then it’s time to start rosterbating for next year.