On Friday, the Blackhawks lost a fifth straight game and general manager Stan Bowman told the collected media that nothing was imminent on the trade front.
While fans are up in arms about Bowman’s comments, a decent memory should provide a moment of pause before blasting him.
As CSNChicago reported, Bowman appeared on “NHL Live” on Jan. 25 and spoke about a number of topics, including the trade market.
“We’re looking to improve our team through trades, but as you can see, there’s not a lot happening on that front,” said Bowman. “A lot of talking, but I think it will speed up a little bit as we get closer to the deadline. But right now, it’s a wait-and-see approach, and trying to find answers from within.”
Sounds like a lot of nothing is coming at that point, right?
Less than 48 hours later, veteran center Brendan Morrison was cleaning out his locker in Calgary.
If you look at Bowman’s history as general manager, there are a lot of moves that surprise. How he got anything for Colin Fraser and the free agent rights to Tomas Kopecky and Troy Brouwer is remarkable, and how he has stockpiled draft picks since taking over has been impressive.
Bowman has also used that load of picks to bring talent into the organization, whether by swapping picks or by moving a pick for a player; consider that the draft picks Bowman traded to ultimately bring Steve Montador, Jimmy Hayes and Brandon Saad into the fold weren’t originally Chicago selections.
If fans of any sport, at any time, can accept general manager’s words on their face value, the general manager won’t be in the job very long. Hawks fans need only look back a couple weeks for an example of Bowman appropriately playing the poker played by GMs everywhere.