Habs Deal Andrew Shaw Back to Chicago

Andrew Shaw

Habs send Andrew Shaw back to Chicago. (Photo: Martin Chevalier, JdeM)

The Montreal Canadiens have made a bit of a splash on the eve of Free Agency to free up cap space. With time ticking down, Marc Bergevin made the decision to trade fan favourite and agitator, Andrew Shaw, with a 7th round pick in 2020 to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2nd round pick and 7th round pick in 2020 as well as a 3rd round pick in 2021. According to Pierre LeBrun, the deal came together rather quickly in the last 24 hours, however, when they asked about Shaw over a week ago, he was not available.

The Habs acquired Andrew Shaw back in 2016 at the NHL Entry Draft for two 2nd round picks and followed up by signing a 6-year contract, worth $23.4 million. While with the bleu, blanc et rouge, Shaw put up 96 points in 182 games; spending time on the wing and center. His highest point total came this past season with 47 following knee surgery and missing training camp. Furthermore, Shaw tallied his first career hat trick against the Red Wings on February 26th.

(Photo: NHLPA)

With this move, the Blackhawks re-acquire a player they’re not only familiar with, but a player that they won two Stanley Cups with. The Canadiens on the other hand, lose a player that was well-liked in the room and by fans, that gave everything he had every time his skates touched the ice. However, Marc Bergevin and the Habs now have more cap space to work with that will be vital going forward. They also have 11 picks in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, which will be held in Montreal.

Does this mean that the Habs will land a big fish in free agency? Not necessarily, but it gives them a better chance to do so. If they could bring in a player such as Matt Duchene or Anders Lee, it would be a huge upgrade to their current forward group.

Good luck to Andrew Shaw. You will be missed.

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