Maybe I misheard Stan Bowman on Saturday. I would have sworn he said he didn't expect the team to make any moves and said that carrying eight defenseman was a burden.
I must have heard him wrong because on Monday, Bowman made another trade and brought in an eighth defensman. I'm serious, you can't make this stuff up.
The Blackhawks acquired defensemen David Rundbald and Mathieu Brisebois from the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a 2014 second round draft pick.Rundbald will report to the Hawks while Brisebois will report to Rockford. Rundbald will wear No. 5.
Rundbald was a first-round pick in 2009 and was actually picked one pick after his new teammate Nick Leddy. He has appeared in 12 games for the Coyotes and registered one assist. For his career he has played in 50 NHL games( 26 for Phoenix & 24 for Ottowa) He will turn 24 around opening night next season and will be under contract which means he could be in the mix next season for a more predominant role.
Brisebois, 21, signed as a free agent with the Coyotes this season. He has played in 28 games for their AHL affiliate the Portland Pirates. On the year he has tallied one goal and five assists. During the 2012-2013 season he played for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he played in 64 games and registered 73 points (19 goals & 54 assists).
When you combine these additions along with the Hawks bringing back Brian Connelly and the presence of several other top prospects, it would seem like Bowman is stockpiling. Perhaps he is getting to replace guys like Johnny Oduya and Sheldon Brookbank.
Brookbank is set to be a free agent this summer while Oduya will be a free agent the summer after next season. Oduya is signed for a reasonable price of $3.375 million next season and could easily bring the Hawks back a second round pick to replace the one they just gave up.
Or it is completely possible that all these prospects could be shipped out for future draft picks. I guess we will just have to wait and see how it all shakes out.