Chicago Blackhawks: Grading four trades made on deadline day

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The Chicago Blackhawks were one of the most active teams in the week leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline. They made two moves with the Florida Panthers that led to them improving their depth going into the rest of the season and potentially beyond. It set the tone for what was going to come during the rest of the trade deadline season. On the actual day of the deadline, the Blackhawks made plenty of moves and most of them were positive.

The Chicago Blackhawks were a very busy team on NHL trade deadline day.

Going into the day, it was assumed that Carl Soderberg and Mattias Janmark would be trade deadline targets for other teams across the league. It was also a possibility that they traded away Calvin de Haan who has one year left on his deal after this year and Nikita Zadorov who is a restricted free agent after this season.

Some things that happened were predictable and some were not. The two Florida trades are the ones that you would consider “unpredictable” so you knew that it was a possibility for more on the big day. The Hawks seem to be “retooling” as opposed to a full-on rebuild like some other teams decide to do when their Stanley Cup window closes.

The Blackhawks come out of the trade deadline better set up for the future but are also in the middle of a highly contested race to the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs. They did a good job being a team that wanted to buy and sell during this week. Each trade deserves a grade based on how it will help or hurt the team going forward: