The Biggest Mistake of Stan Bowman’s Summer

Consider the following resume:

  • 51 games played
  • 10 goals
  • 10 assists
  • +7
  • 36 blocked shots
  • 54.6% faceoffs
  • 3 game-winning goals
  • 16:12 average ice time
  • $1.15M cap number (expiring after this season)

Would you want that on these Chicago Blackhawks right now?

From Dustin Byfuglien to Brent Sopel, a case has probably been made for the Blackhawks to bring back every player removed from last year’s team (except Cristobal Huet).

But as February gets rolling and the trade deadline creeps closer, the player GM Stan Bowman should bring back is a guy that never wore a Blackhawks sweater.

The well known reports now are that the Blackhawks are looking to add another center and/or add depth on their blue line. It now appears that the player that “got away” from Bowman was barely ever here.

In the trade that sent Byfuglien, Sopel and Ben Eager to Atlanta, the centerpiece from the Hawks perspective was top prospect Jeremy Morin. However, lost in the shuffle was veteran center Marty Reasoner, who was dealt to Florida for Jeff Taffe less than a month after being acquired.

The resume that opened this piece is the stat line for Reasoner this year. Could the Reasoner deal be the biggest mistake of Bowman’s summer?

Reasoner, 33, was a cap casualty that didn’t need to be. Rather than adding John Scott or bringing back Nick Boynton, or subsequently adding Ryan Johnson, it now appears the Blackhawks could have easily kept Reasoner on their NHL roster for the season.

Meanwhile, Taffe has had a very good year – in Rockford.

When Bowman looks back at the players that were dealt out of Chicago last summer, and the one’s he might want back, it might be Reasoner that tops the list.

4 thoughts on “The Biggest Mistake of Stan Bowman’s Summer

  • February 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Totally agree here. I have been telling my hockey buddies this from the start and watch his stats.

    All this was done, the $$ dump, during Niemi’s abr hearing time period so we could afford that much more under the cap to handle Niemi. So the difference if a min to Marty was a savings. Like you said the belt tighening never should have happened since Nimie didn’t sign, but you can’t ever be over the cap number by more than a certain amount and Huet was not off books at that point. So to sign Niemi to a number that they must have been talking about, Marty went as they cut to the bone. Turned out we didn’t need it like you said. I would not have pulled the trigger on it until you know you have Niemi signed and thus you sequence the paperwork into the league office.

    Anyway, nice call on us missing him. He would be like Dowell on steroids.

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  • February 8, 2011 at 7:58 am

    i think mr .boman needs to really think what he is doing in his office. in on year he has wrecked the hawks.

  • February 10, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Dale Tallon is the guy who screwed the Hawks over going into last years’ offseason. Bowman was dealt an abysmal hand to play with his first year. Any time anybody talks about the Hawks salary cap woes just remember it is entirely Dale Tallon’s fault. This is why that shmuck was fired.

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