What is going on in Chicago Sports?!
It has been a crazy past couple of days in Chicago sports. We have seen a lot of moves be made by multiple franchises of Chicago. The week on moves started on Wednesday when the Blackhawks forward Marin Hossa announced he will be out for at least the next season due to skin allergies. It is tough for the Hawks to lose a talented veteran. This was followed by the least consequential move on Thursday which was the Cubs sending Kyle Schwarber back down to the triple A Iowa Cubs. A surprising move but one that makes sense. Schwarber has struggled all year after his great playoff performance and could use some time against less competition to get his game back. Schwarber should be back up on the Cubs in no more than a week or so.
On this same day the Blackhawks ended up completing a deal to send Trevor Van Reimsdyk to the newly formed Las Vegas Golden Knights as their first post Expansion Draft move. Next up on the wild roller coaster of Chicago sports fandom was the Bulls trading Jimmy Butler and the #16 (Justin Patton) to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn, and the #7 pick (Lauri Markkanen) on draft night. Butler has been surrounded by trade rumors for well over a year now but the move still came as a shock.
Many people dislike the return the Bulls got, however, I actually thought the Bulls did well. It was starting to become evident after last season that the Bulls would not be able to build a team to compete for a championship around Butler. The Bulls finally committed to a rebuild instead of staying as a lower tier playoff team and picked up some solid future building blocks. Then in the 2nd round of the draft the Bulls dealt Jordan Bell to the GSW for 3.5 million in cash. Another interesting move by the front office.
Then the Hawks once again were making deals the next day. The Blackhawks dealt 10-year Hawk Niklas Hjalmmarson to the Arizona Coyotes for two young defenseman. This move is really a head scratcher and is hard to justify to Hawks fans. One can only assume that this was mostly a salary dump. The Blackhawks followed up that deal by trading young Forward Artemi Panarin mere minutes later. This deal was very shocking but could turn out to be a good one. The Hawks re-acquired Brandon Saad from the Columbus Blue Jackets and picked up a good Goalie prospect in Forsberg in this deal. At this point it feels like Blackhawks fans are living in a NHL 17 franchise with all the deals that Stan Bowman is making.
It has been a crazy past couple of days for the Chicago faithful and it seems to be over for now. One of the most surprising aspects of these few days is that none of the moves involved the White Sox. If someone told me on June 21st that in the next two days there would be 5 trades made by Chicago sports teams I would've put my money on the rebuilding White Sox to be involved. Add this week to the Bears making the deal for UNC Quarteback Mitch Trubisky on draft night and you've got one crazy past couple of months for Chicago sports.