Blackhawks Shut Down Shaw, Smith For The Year

On Saturday morning the Blackhawks announced forwards Andrew Shaw and Zack Smith are done for the year.

The Blackhawks brought back Shaw, 28, via trade from Montreal in June. He remains in concussion protocol; Shaw has three goals and seven assists in 26 games this year. Shaw cost the Blackhawks second and seventh round picks in the 2020 NHL Draft and a third round pick in 2021. Shaw has two years remaining on his contract with a $3.9M cap hit.

Smith, 31, was acquired from Ottawa in July for Artem Anisimov. He is having back surgery. He has four goals and seven assists in 50 games this season. He has one more year on his contract with a $3.25M cap hit.

The Blackhawks recalled forward Brandon Hagel on an emergency basis on Saturday. Hagel, 21, has 30 points (19 goals, 11 assists) in 55 games with Rockford.

24 thoughts on “Blackhawks Shut Down Shaw, Smith For The Year

  • February 29, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Makes moving Smith in offseason tricky, if that was the plan. Back surgery usually a long term recovery period.

    Gotta wonder if Shaw plays again or should.

  • February 29, 2020 at 10:22 am

    He’s young has a young family. Should hang them up and enjoy life with his family with the health he has now. Stay on LTIR and collect his contract that insurance is paying. Thank you Andrew for your heart and passion for the game and for the Hawks.

  • February 29, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Shawsy probably wants to play again but I’m betting he is being told not to. Is there nobody else in Rockford worth looking at? I would like to see Fortin get an extended opportunity just for kicks

  • February 29, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Bowman’s rebuild plan is right on track. Keep trading for those damaged goods Maatta, Dehaan, Smith, Shaw, etc. When was the last time Bowman made a trade that had a positive and significant impact on this roster.

  • February 29, 2020 at 10:39 am

    That is a shame for the gutsy Shaw as you know how bad he wants to be playing, given his passion for the game. Most of us probably anticipated this and maybe even hoped for it in our concern for Shaw’s health. There was a time in this league when he would have been back 20 games ago in the tradition of being a “warrior for your team.” This is prudent.

    The business side of this is that Bowman gambled and lost and it was a costly gamble. Gambling is OK when you win but not OK when you lose and this is another example of a Bowman loss and whether the losses are attributable to bad luck or bad GMing is irrelevant. It is a loss and GMs are not paid a lot of money to lose. Same thing with DeHaan. Smith might be overpaid, but he has value. His acquisition has helped the Hawks on the PK, but not their general record. So was it worth it? Probably not, although people were howling for the Hawks to move Arti, so it wasn’t a horrible move to those people. Does anyone think Arti would have been the solution to the Hawks’ problems this year? He is a sound player but not a real difference maker, although he was good cleaning up the garbage in front of the net when he was playing with Kane.

    This is a tough break, Andrew, but you have to think of your future and your family. BTW, the league still seems to be letting some very marginal hits near the head go. There needs to be zero tolerance. If some ticky tacky penalties get called, that’s tough. Players need to know that anything near the head is completely, 100% off limits.

  • February 29, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Hossahawk, you summarized in a few short words what many of us have been posting the whole season. We do need to be fair about trading for Kubalik and signing Lehner.

  • February 29, 2020 at 11:36 am


    props for kubalik. even a blind squirrel finds an acorn in the forest every once in awhile as the saying goes. but lehner signing was good and bad.

    good that the cap money was there and the one year rental turned into a low second round draft choice and garbage.

    bad that he won games and picked up ovt points the team didn’t deserve and, along with crawford, masked how truly bad this team is. they might have been in the running for the first pick in the draft if he wasn’t signed.

    and if rocky allows mc donough and bowman to keep their jobs because the bottom didn’t totally drop out because lehner saved their asses many nights then the signing was a disaster.

  • February 29, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Had no idea Smith was being paid that much. Seems we have players in Rockford that could’ve filled that position much cheaper. Hawks are famous for not giving their young players a legit chance. Hopefully a new GM will change that.

  • February 29, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Too bad for Shawzie, wish him the best. Sure wish this team wouldn’t be so soft… but we’ve been saying that for some time now.

    To quote from Blazzing Saddles ” This town needs an enema!”

  • February 29, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    If Smith is not ready for Training camp in September. Put him on LTIR.
    Shaw got ragdolled by Ryan Graves the day after Thanksgiving and obviously has not been okay since. If he’s not ready for camp LTIR.

    These 2 injuries could open up $7 + Million in cap space once the season starts. The nature of the numbers and salary cap world these days.

  • February 29, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Hossa – accurate post. Vast majority of Bowman’s transactions are in the negative last 5 yrs. Including coaching fires and hires.

  • February 29, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Craig unless both are going to be out for season doesn’t really help alot. Smith would think he could be, Shaw maybe not.
    Going to be watching to see how active Bowman is in European free agents next month or two, he usually in hunt for a couple, should give idea if Bowman is secure or change on the way.

  • February 29, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Smith could be back, i meant

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  • February 29, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    They knew about it for a while in my opinion. SB is feeding the “bad news” at a piecemeal pace to help justify his existence as a GM for the future. At this point, I have beef with Rocky. This is his team, and if he allows the charade to continue the failure is squarely on the owner. Usually, hitting the bottom line (not buying tickets, merchandise or refreshments) does the trick. Time will tell.

  • February 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    They knew about Shaw when they traded for him.His months in a dark room with the Canadians was no secret. It was an irresponsible trade that was done for marketing purposes.Strome and Perlini were constant whipping boys for their lack of improvement by the Arizona Coyotes media.Somebody should have to be held accountable for those moves.

  • February 29, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Re Larmer: Bye Bye Bowman pointed out that even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile. I hope Kubalik doesn’t regress next year like DeBrincat.

    Now on to Bowman and free agents. Only Lehner was a significant signing and dunderhead screwed that up too. Only Hossa was a significant signing but that was by cousin Dale. Blow man not much to show for it for his tenure here.

    Drafting: I think he’s drafted three players on the current roster, correct me if I’m wrong. He’d probably have better luck putting all the names on a dartboard and throwing darts to make draft selections over the last decade. What an abysmal performance. If this clown was working at a regular job he’d been fired long ago. I guess the Wirtz family likes dinosaurs. If Greg Brady and Mr. Clean are running this shit show next year I will not be going to the United Center.

  • February 29, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Hopefully Rocky isn’t blindly loyal to Stan like that idiot running the Bulls is to GarPax.

  • February 29, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Why would you pinch with 2 minutes left and the lead? Why? Why? Why? (Nancy Kerrigan’s voice)

  • February 29, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    how horrible is Murphy? Unreal…this a OT just terrible too.

  • February 29, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Bowman gave up a 2nd, 3rd and 7th round pick for a 4th line winger with a billion concussions. What else is new? We all know how dumb Bowman is. He has no vision and no plan. We did not need Lehner because we coukd have used that money to upgrade his forwards. 50 saves a night will not make you win games but it will tell you that you have not roster to compete for the playoffs. He’s a clown. What impact do rejects liken Carpenter, Kampf, Cagg, Nylander, Highmore, and Smith have every night. NONE!

  • March 1, 2020 at 6:52 am

    Murphy is a great team guy but he does not have the speed and skill to be a top 4 d man in my opinion.

  • March 1, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Hockey comparable to Stan Bowman ?

    Bob Pulford !

    Rocky kicked him aside when he took over the Hawks.

  • March 1, 2020 at 10:39 am

    once Saebrook,Shaw, Saad, Keith are gone & their money comes off the books… Hawks will be ready to make a run… but Toews & Kane will be longer in the tooth at that time.

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