Chicago Blackhawks Offseason News and Trade Rumors: In Response to Alex DeBrincat’s Trade Talks

Alex DeBrincat remains the biggest question in the entire rebuilding process, and his name was the focus of online conversations last week for those outside of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

On Thursday, Frank Servalli of Daily Faceoff published an article about the most important offseason trade goals and put the Blackhawks winger at the top of said list.

Let’s quote Seravalli’s words directly here:

The question appears to be “when” and not “whether” Hawks will move the two-time 40-goal goalscorer. Is this summer or before the next season’s trading deadline?

Seravalli Added more ideas during Friday’s podcast, while David Pagnotta of The 4th Period is already listing teams interested in getting DeBrincat’s services. It was all added to up to a week of reports, speculation, and rumors that suddenly made the idea of ​​shipping a DeBrincat out of Chicago a lot more reasonable than it did a week ago.

Oh. Well let me make a decisive response:

the curse. which – which.

You won’t feel any worse move the Black Hawks can make than this. Nothing this team can do will be more disappointing, more frustrating, or more deflated than sending DeBrincat out of town, whether that happens within the next few weeks or on next year’s trade deadline.

There is something so satisfying about watching a local talent for your team evolve into one of the game’s top shooters, especially When there was a group of strangers suggesting that said player was a “new business” or “one hoax” or whatever ridiculous claims an unnamed source wanted to make three or four years ago. DeBrincat responded with the strongest middle fingers an athlete can muster: a pair of 41 goals and a third with 32 goals in 52 games, a pace just over 50 in an 82 game season.

DeBrincat’s rapid emergence and then continued top-tier performance has been one of the only bright spots about this team since he drafted DeBrincat in the second round (39 overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. It is perhaps the only success story this team has had in nearly a decade. (More on that shortly). As the team has regressed toward league-level irrelevance and showcased countless players in and out of town, DeBrincat has become an all-around player who thrives in 5-on-5, a killer in the power game and has even added the death penalty to his agenda. He’s everything the team would want in a star player and he seems determined to wear a “C” at some point in his NHL career.

But there is one point to be waived here:

Does not make sense.

No matter how bad you feel, trading DeBrincat for choices and prospects has a lot of merit because this team has been so bad since DeBrincat joined that there may be no other way out of the league vault. This team is in such a horrific position that replacing a 24-year-old all-star striker who is likely to enter the early years of his NHL career is probably not the worst idea. Think about how terrible the team must be for this sentence to be accurate.

But there is another thought that pops up every time I go down this path to accept this hypothesis.

The Black Hawks have been daunting at crafting and developing talent for the better part of a decade. DeBrincat is the only true Blackhawks success story from the draft since 2011, which caught Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw. Chicago had three consecutive NHL-deserved talents in the first rounds from 2012 to 2014, but this trio (Teuvo Teravainen, Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman) all enjoyed the most success in the NHL elsewhere. Ben Baba Sun Times Explore the depth of the Black Hawks draft’s failings as part of this article from Sunday.

Notably, the Black Hawk’s “new” exploration buff is Mike Donegy, who has been with the team since 2009. The team also brought long-time CEO Norm McIver back to the team as co-general, while longtime general manager Kyle Davidson was with The team is well documented. Sure, there’s a new guy in charge of everything and there some New faces in the organizational depth diagram. But there was still a larger portion of the people who were under the umbrella of the old regime that constantly failed to recruit. Not exactly the NHL equivalent of Theo Epstein’s Legion that changed the Cubs.

And now I’m supposed to believe it’s a good idea to give these guys more choices and expectations to work with in hopes of finding other players that end up like the guy(s) they’ll trade away with?

Forgive me if my confidence is lost.

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