In his latest column for Sportsnet, Sean McIndoe, better known by his online alias of DownGoesBrown, dissects the 12 GM’s under the most pressure heading into the NHL’s February 26th trade deadline.
At the top of his list? Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman.
With the Hawks currently sitting 7 points out of a playoff spot and with four teams ahead of them to leapfrog, Bowman is stuck in the unenviable position of neither being a clear buyer or a seller. Do the Hawks load up and attempt to make another run? Or do they cut their losses and try to recoup some assets for next season?
Most of the GMs on this list are under pressure because of what they need to do. Bowman is here because of what he needs to avoid. The Blackhawks are all but done, sitting seven points out of a wild-card spot with four teams to pass. Trading future assets for help right now in hopes of a miracle playoff push would be the wrong move.
It may be tempting to acquire veteran players like Thomas Vanek or Mike Green for one last Stanley Cup push, Bowman has to keep his team’s long-term goals in mind. But, as McIndoe points out, for an organization that’s used to winning, to being in the mix come trade deadline, that temptation may be too hard to resist.
What’s your call? What should Bowman do? Should he load up for one last run? Or should he look to move out veterans like Patrick Sharp, Brandon Saad and Brent Seabrook?