It turns out that the Chicago Blackhawks weren’t done making moves before the deadline. The Montreal Canadiens sent forwards Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann to the Blackhawks in exchange for Phillip Danault and a second round pick in 2018. The Canadiens retained 30% of Weise’s salary.
Adding to their already impressive forward group, the Blackhawks’ offense just got a lot deeper. Neither Fleischmann nor Weise should be relied on as top-six weapons but they are tremendous third line guys and add plenty of depth. Basically, the Hawks have added three really good forwards now and I would think that the top nine line combinations would look something like this.
Andrew Ladd – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Artemi Panarin – Artem Anisimov – Patrick Kane
Tomas Fleischmann – Andrew Shaw – Dale Weise
Not to mention, the Hawks still have Teuvo Teravainen who can easily slide into the top-six. The trade for Weise and Fleischmann give the Hawks a lot of flexibility and a lot of options. Not to mention, this affords the Hawks the opportunity to ice Ladd on the first line while still rolling a strong third line. The trade should help Andrew Ladd a lot because Chicago will most likely want him playing on the first line now that Fleischmann and Weise can take over third line duties. Andrew Shaw is hurt because it almost assuredly knocks him out of the top-six. While Shaw has played well on the top line, the Blackhawks will probably put Ladd, Fleischmann, or Weise onto the first line before they go with Shaw. Also, Teravainen’s value takes a hit because he might be regulated to fourth line duties. If Ladd plays on the first line and Shaw, Weise, and Fleischmann make up the third line, Teravainen will be forced to play on the fourth line. Not to mention, Fleischmann and Weise will see reduced roles than they were given in Montreal.
For Montreal, they receive a second round pick and a solid prospect who projects to be a bottom-six forward. With Weise and Fleischmann gone, Danault should see playing time in Montreal and more Canadien rookies should see a boost in playing time. Two roster spots are up for grabs in the Montreal lineup now so Sven Andrighetto and Michael McCarron could see a nice boost.