Found February 28, 2012 on Blackhawks Down Low:

There's been a lot of talk about what the Hawks did. While most are not satisfied with Oduya and would have liked to see more (Steve Ott's name was mentioned briefly and man, imagine him and Bolland on a line) we'll just have to live with it. Some were saying the Hawks needed a goalie (People who started wathcing Hockey in February of 2010 were saying to trade Patrick Kane for Ryan Miller) but Crawford is clearly Q's guy. Point is that the core of the Hawks remains and come playoff time (hopefully) experience will show. Safe to say last years loss left a sour taste in every body's mouth.

But how did the rest of the central fare at the deadline?

Detroit
In: Kyle Quincey
Out: Mike Commodore

Commodore wasn't doing much in Detroit and Quincy is a nice addition. He's a puck moving defense man with limited playoff experience (19 games) who can eat up a lot of minutes and help take the load off Lidstorm and the gang. Would have been a nice addition in Chicago. He only cost a first round pick in a draft where (allegedly) the talent pool isn't too deep. While I hardly think "OH MAN THIS GUY WOULD HAVE SOLVED ALL OF OUR PROBLEMS THAT ALL OF US HAVE EVER HAD," he would have been a good addition and it hurts to see him go to a division rival.

As for Commodore, well he's still getting paid from his Columbus buyout and now he's going to live in Florida so it can't all be that bad.

St. Louis
Out: Ben Bishop

It's clear Bishop wasn't getting the chance that he thought he earned, but I'm still a little surprised they moved him and not Elliott. Yes, Elliott has been very good all year, but what if the Blues sold high on the guy? If they waited until the summer they might have been able to get more and go with Bishop as the #2. I get not wanting to throw him into the deep end at this point of the year, but the kid looks ready.

Anyway, I get why the Blues didn't bring anybody in. They're playing well and there's not a lot they need to mess with especially with the chemistry they have going.

Columbus
Out: NOT RICK NASH but Jeff Carter, Grant Clitsome, Samuel Pahlsson,
In: Jack Johnson, Daryl Boyce

Stevie Wonder could see Jeff Carter being traded and now with Pahlsson gone the team might never win a face-off again. The big news about the Jack Johnson trade is that we could soon live in a world where Jack Johnson, Wiz and Steve Mason are on the ice together (!!!!).

But not trading Nash is the big move, and while it's easy to make fun of Scott Howson, I think he made the good move by deciding not to trade Nash. According to The New York Post, the final offer consisted of Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, JT Miller, Christian Thomas and a first round pick in this year's draft. But would that be really a good deal? You never know how these picks will turn out and considering the apparent second coming of Christ, Chris Krider (HE SCORED IN THE BEAN POT YOU GUYS), was not involved, it really didn't make sense. I think that had you included Del Zotto/McDonagh, Krider, Stepan and maybe a pick/prospect then the deal would be a go. Keep in mind that not only would Columbus be giving up its captain and best player, but it would be giving away the face of a franchise. For a team in Columbus that is (again) struggling to fill the building and looking for an identity, it would take a king's ransom to get Nash. It will be interesting to see how the summer plays out.

Nashville
In: Andrei Kostitsyn, Paul Gaustad

I'm always terrified of Nashville come playoff time. They can grind teams down with their style of play and have a tight defensive system led by two of the best in the league playing in front of one of the best net minders in the league. And honestly, who else has nightmares of game 5 of the 2010 playoffs (The 'Holy crap, I cannot believe this is actually happening,' feeling). You just felt like they were a couple pieces away from really making a push.

Well then they went out and got AK46 and Gaustad. Gaustad is near perfect for the Nashville system. He is big, gritty and not afraid to drive to the net. He seems like he could be a direct replacement (maybe improvement) on what Joel Ward gave them in the Vancouver series last year. Kostitsyn meets up with his brother down in Nashvegas and gives the Predators another scoring threat. Yeah, his 12 goals put him tied for eighth on the team right now, but Montreal struggled as a whole. Maybe he can pick it up and just needed the change of scenery. For what it's worth (not much), Kostitsyn struggled for Montreal in their playoff run a couple years ago.

But the main point with Nashville is to show Shea Weber and Ryan Suter that they are definitely showing intention like they have never shown before. It started with giving Rinne the big deal and continues now. It will be an interesting summer in Tennessee.

The point is that other teams got stronger while the Hawks filled a need and weren't aggressive. While it's easy to be frustrated, the Hawks still have a lot of talent down on the farm. This isn't a team/year that has to "go for it" (see: Nashville). I'm feeling confident about this team as they go down the stretch and the west will be wide-open come April. Plus, I think we owe this team a little respect.

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