The Chicago Blackhawks have been a badly ran organization for a while now. That applies to on and off the ice. On the ice, the decisions made by Stan Bowman since winning the Stanley Cup in 2015 have been disastrous. The biggest stain on his resume is the fact that he traded Artemi Panarin to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Brandon Saad. It is as bad of a trade as the franchise has ever made.
Saad is a good player but Panarin is a top-ten NHL forward right now. It was always a bad idea to trade Panarin for two extra years of Saad with the exact same cap hit. Getting him resigned could have been a problem for another day. As bad as the trade was at the time, it continues to look even worse. It isn’t just because Panarin is now a Hart Trophy candidate each year either.