When we wrote our tribute to Niklas Hjalmarsson, many were surprised to learn that the pick used to select Hjalmarsson was acquired in the infamous Alexander Karpovtsev trade with the New York Islanders.
Which got us to wondering: what other trades have quietly had a significant impact years later?
Today, we’ll wander down a long and complicated road that begins with the deal that sent a fan favorite to Atlanta.
Where has the Dustin Byfuglien trade taken us over the last seven years?
- Marty Reasoner was immediately flipped to Florida for Jeff Taffe, who played one game for the Blackhawks.
- Joey Crabb never put on any jersey in the Blackhawks organization.
- Kevin Hayes completed four years at Boston College before walking as a college free agent. He signed with the NY Rangers in 2014.
- Justin Holl completed four years at the University of Minnesota before spending the 2014-15 season with Indy/Rockford. He signed with Toronto as a free agent in 2016.
Most importantly, this began the magical mystery tour that was Jeremy Morin‘s time with the Blackhawks organization.
The roll-off from trades involving Morin is… mind blowing.
From Trade #2:
- Tim Erixon was claimed off waivers by the Leafs on March 1, 2015 and subsequently traded to Pittsburgh as part of the Phil Kessel trade four months later.
From Trade #3:
- Corey Tropp was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 29, 2016 for Tim Jackman and a seventh round pick in 2017 (#215 – Joshua Ess).
The other pieces in Trade #3:
From this swap of picks at the 2016 NHL Draft:
- Lucas Carlsson has become one of the top blue line prospects in the Blackhawks organization.
And, finally, back to Trade #3 involving Morin – the Marko Dano issue.
From the Dano trade:
- Ladd finished the 2015-16 season in Chicago and subsequently signed with the NY Islanders.
- Fraser finished the 2015-16 season with Rockford and subsequently went to Sweden.
- Harrison never skated in the Chicago organization.
And so what do we end up with?
- Two more Stanley Cup championships (2013, 2015).
- Two trades with the Atlanta/Winnipeg organization.
- Three trades with Columbus – two involving Brandon Saad.
- Richard Panik is still on the Blackhawks NHL roster.
- Lucas Carlsson is emerging as a top prospect in the organization.