Chicago Blackhawks: Andrew Shaw trade should excite fans

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The Chicago Blackhawks have their own little ball of hate back in the fold and the fans should be ecstatic. This is going to be a fun reunion.

The Chicago Blackhawks have re-acquired Andrew Shaw from the Montreal Canadiens today. They sent Shaw and a seventh round pick in 2021 for a second and seventh round pick in 2020 and a third rounder in 2021. The former Blackhawk is back and it really is a smart move for the Blackhawks.

Shaw has a cap hit of 3.9 million dollars through the 2021-22 season. That is a lot for a third liner but Shaw brings something to the table that not many players can. He can get under the opponents skin and give the Blackhawks a competitive advantage on the ice. You might also remember that Andrew Shaw is a really good player in the playoffs.

The two time Stanley Cup Champion was an integral part to both the 2013 and 2015 teams going all the way. Shaw had a really good year in 2017-18. Even in a year where he missed some games to to injury he still managed to have his career high in points. In 63 games he had 19 goals and 28 assists for 47 points. That is awesome production for a guy like Shaw and if he could bring any of that back to Chicago that would be a major boost to this team.

Most of the time you don’t want to see the team go backwards, but something about Shaw coming back to Chicago just feels right. This seems to be a win both on and off the ice. He brings something to the table that nobody on this roster can. This is a team that needs to try and make another run now and Shaw might be able to help with that. He is not a game breaker by any means but he is a great depth player, especially if he produces like he did last year.

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This might be a move that you look back on and see how awesome it is to have him back. This is also a win for the fans because simply put, Andrew Shaw is just fun. He’s a fun guy to have as a part of the Chicago sports landscape. Welcome back, Shawzie.