Blackhawks Deals: Following The Dustin Byfuglien Trade Tree

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:

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.

22 thoughts on “Blackhawks Deals: Following The Dustin Byfuglien Trade Tree

  • June 29, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I still miss Buff.

  • June 29, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Anytime Morin is a part of this blog, I have to laugh at myself. Thanks for the trade progeny Tab.

  • June 29, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Jeremy M.-the gift that keeps on giving. Now in Tucson.

  • June 29, 2017 at 10:47 am

    @ Tab, you sir are the best! thanks for that stroll down trade lane. On a side note I’ve heard Powers is good with the Athletic, hopefully, he can work for an organization that doesn’t charge for content.

    Still a horrible trade 7 years later, hard to believe he has been gone for that long, should have got more for a 4 time allstar

  • June 29, 2017 at 10:48 am

    That was really interesting…good article.

    I also miss Buff…impossible to move, sometimes invisible for long periods in the regular season but he is built for playoffs. Such a shame he is stuck on a team that never gets into the playoffs.

    I recall being at a practice on the Finland trip and Buff had the whole team laughing because he exited the ice and returned wearing one of the cardboard EAA Sports helmets they were giving away at the games there.

    I’ll never forget that he filled in for Campbell vs Nashville while Soupy’s Ovie-induced broken collar bone healed in 2010 and then moved to forward and tied Patrick Sharp for most Hawks playoff goals playing the last 3 rounds up there. He was versatile at a high level and a real character–and drafted in a round of the draft that does not even exist anymore!

  • June 29, 2017 at 11:46 am

    My favorite memories of Buff was the way he handled Pronger and scared Luongo every time he skated in on him. That purge we had to do after the 2010 playoffs really hurt that team was so solid top to bottom.?

  • June 29, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Eddie O siting at My son’s Country club… 20 minutes ago…

    Texted my son to ask Eddie… why the F%&* did SB sign Seabs to such a stupid contract???

  • June 29, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Southside, I only paid $45 for a year. Not bad for an ad-free network of sites written by former ESPN beats.

  • June 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm


    Not a bad price but not a fan of paying for reading about sports, just my opinion

  • June 29, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    we will all pretend with you.

  • June 29, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Panik for Morin.

    Bowman, you Stallion you.

  • June 29, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Once again proving the weakness of our GM who has not received anything in return.


    Worse pro scouts in league!

  • June 30, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Everyone here is smarter than the GM who was a part of 3 Stanley Cups.

  • June 30, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Holy shit the Salary Cap and there might not have been a better offer at the time/who knows that.

    The only Bowman trade I really donot like was Danault (and Saader/contract agent).

  • June 30, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Finally a board where Hawks fans don’t think SB is a genius !

  • June 30, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    bowman has done the best he can with the salary cap money going to 2 players

  • June 30, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Hawks looking at Sharp …?
    Really ?

  • June 30, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Then a top 4d from Vegas during the season. Lots of dmen in Vegas free agents next year.

  • June 30, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I hope they are not looking at Sharp. Stan is always itching to bring back an over the hill player. He just can’t help himself. Why doesn’t he try to sign Handzus to replace Panarin.

  • June 30, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    1961 – hilarious. It could be worse, Bollig is a free agent as well,

  • July 3, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I never liked the Byfuglien trade and the Teravainen trade was absolutely horrific. Other than that I think the hawks have done really well and that is shown by the three cups

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