Friday, June 24, 2011

Bowman Shakes Things Up During Round One Of Draft, Brouwer, Campbell Traded

A Guest Post by Queen Crash

Seeing a player traded is never an easy thing.

Seeing two players traded is even harder, especially when those players helped your team win the Stanley Cup one short year ago.

In the midst of the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft, Stan Bowman, Chicago's Vice President and General Manager, dealt Troy Brouwer (LW) to the Washington Capitals and Brian Campbell (D) to the Florida Panthers after he waived his no trade clause. In return for the rights to Brouwer, the Blackhawks received Washington's 26th overall draft pick, which they then used to draft Phillip Danault, a left winger from Quebec. Earlier in the draft the Hawks chose Mark McNeill (18th overall), a center from Edmonton, as their first draft pick. McNeill admits to calling the Blackhawks his favorite NHL team (smart kid!) and bares a striking resemblance to former Hawk Jack Skille (I approve).

For Soupy, whose large salary has long been bemoaned by Chicago fans, the Blackhawks received winger Rostislav Olesz. Campbell will also be reunited with the general manager who originally gave him that hefty paycheck, former Chicago GM Dale Tallon, and former teammate Skille, who left the Hawks for the Panthers in February. While it is sad to see both Brouwer and Soupy leave, we, as devoted Hawks fans, can only wish them the best and look to the future, which now includes a significant amount of cap space and (fingers crossed) a potential contract extension for Patrick Sharp perhaps?

And hey, I don't think that Soupy looks half bad in that Panthers jersey!

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