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Blackhawks 2019-20 season in review: Andrew Shaw

Blackhawks 2019-20 season in review: Andrew Shaw

The NHL put its 2019-20 season on pause March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but remains hopeful to award the Stanley Cup at some point. Although it's unclear if or when it could return, NBC Sports Chicago will recap the season of each Blackhawks player to date in our "season in review" series. Our final profile is Andrew Shaw.

After spending his first five seasons in Chicago, Andrew Shaw was due for a pay raise in 2016. He had played a large role in helping the Blackhawks win two Stanley Cups in 2013 and 2015 and took a two-year bridge deal going into the 2014-15 season.

But the Blackhawks couldn’t give it to him because they were handcuffed financially and traded the scrappy forward to the Montreal Canadiens for a pair of second-round draft picks. One of those picks was used on Alex DeBrincat, which made the trade worth it.

But ever since Shaw’s departure, the Blackhawks had missed his presence — both on and off the ice. And that was the primary reason why the Blackhawks last summer reacquired Shaw, who set a career high in assists (28) and points (47) during the 2018-19 campaign with Montreal.

"He does go to the net and he does score a lot of his goals from in tight and he gets a lot of shots from around the net and that's where you need to be if you want to score in today's game," GM Stan Bowman said the day of the trade. "I think it's something we probably weren't as strong as last year as we had hoped."

Shaw's start to the season was great. He scored twice in the home opener, which reminded Chicago why he was so beloved. But from then on, Shaw had only one point over his next 11 games and wasn't making an impact in the other areas as much as the Blackhawks would have hoped.

The lowest point of his season came on Nov. 30 when he suffered a concussion, which was a concerning development for a player that has a history of head injuries. He wasn't officially shut down for the season until the end of February.

“He adds an element to our team, both on and off the ice, that we wanted to add," head coach Jeremy Colliton said the day Shaw was officially ruled out for the season. "A lot of personality in the dressing room, holds guys accountable, pushes them, makes them uncomfortable, drags them into the fight, helps to prepare them to play.

"And on the ice, obviously, he plays all situations. He can get your team going on a Tuesday night in November. He can get the group engaged and obviously we miss that. The type of player he is and the type of personality he is and the respect he has amongst the group is big.”

Shaw is still working out and staying in shape during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a source told NBC Sports Chicago in March he was feeling much better. But, given his injury history, his future in the NHL remains unclear and is a question the Blackhawks and Shaw must address before the start of the 2020-21 season, whenever that may be.

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Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw holds Q&A, talks funniest teammate, favorite rivalry

Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw holds Q&A, talks funniest teammate, favorite rivalry

While we’re all staying safe and social distancing at home, it's always nice to get a chance to connect with some of our favorite players online. Earlier this afternoon, the Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw hopped on NHL’s Twitter to do a fun little Q&A with fans (including our very own Blackhawks Talk Twitter). We learned a lot about the Hawks’ right winger this afternoon.

 

If Andrew Shaw could be any cartoon character, he would want to be Groot from Marvel’s "Guardians of the Galaxy." An excellent choice. But follow-up question: Which Groot would he want to be? Adult Groot, moody teenage Groot, or sweet, adorable baby Groot? Our DMs are open. 

He also shed some light on some of his fellow teammates. Specifically, who he thinks is the funniest.

I would have never imagined Seabrook as the type to go around "a hootin' and hollerin’," but that’s what’s so fun about Q&As. Shaw cited himself, Zack Smith and Calvin de Haan as other jokesters in the Blackhawks’ locker room. 

Shaw also shared that the teammate most likely to beat him at bowling would be Jonathan Toews. 

Maybe Toews should captain a bowling team, as well.

As for keeping in shape during COVID-19, Shaw shares that he’s been working out in a home gym inside his garage. 

But the teammate he wouldn’t want to be quarantined with is Patrick Kane. 

Shaw says his favorite rivalry in the NHL is between the Blachawks and the Blues. Because duh. 

And finally, when asked which Stanley Cup run he’d like to see covered like ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” he thought the 2015 win on home ice would be fun to watch. 

I now have many, many questions about the 2015 Stanley Cup after party. 

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Blackhawks shut down Andrew Shaw and Zack Smith for rest of 2019-20 season

Blackhawks shut down Andrew Shaw and Zack Smith for rest of 2019-20 season

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Blackhawks announced Saturday forwards Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol) and Zack Smith (back) will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season. 

Shaw recorded 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 26 games this season and hasn't played since Nov. 30. A source told NBC Sports Chicago that Shaw has been feeling much better as of late, but with only 18 games left and the Blackhawks well outside the playoff picture, it's not surprising the organization made the official call to shut him down given his concussion history.

“He adds an element to our team, both on and off the ice that we wanted to add," head coach Jeremy Colliton said of Shaw's presence. "A lot of personality in the dressing room, holds guys accountable, pushes them, makes them uncomfortable, drags them into the fight, helps to prepare them to play. And on the ice, obviously, he plays all situations. He can get your team going on a Tuesday night in November. He can get the group engaged, and obviously we miss that.”

Smith has been out of the lineup since Feb. 12, but his original injury was to his left hand after he had it cut by a skate blade in Vancouver. He returned to practice one week later but has missed the last two games with a back injury. It's something Smith has been battling for a while now, which explains some of his maintenance days throughout the season.

Smith, who had a lower-back injury during training camp, is scheduled to have surgery on March 6 and the Blackhawks are hoping it's just routine. He had 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 50 games this season and became a fixture on the fourth line.

In December, the Blackhawks placed Calvin de Haan (shoulder) and Brent Seabrook (hip/shoulder) on long-term injured reserve after undergoing season-ending surgeries. With Shaw and Smith being shut down, the Blackhawks have a combined $18.5 million in cap hits on the sidelines. That's 22.8 percent of the $81.5 million limit.

But the Blackhawks won't use that as an excuse or wonder what could have been if all four players stayed healthy during the season.

"Serves no purpose to do that," Colliton said. "All teams go through injuries and you're missing guys at certain times, and you've just got to find a way no matter what."

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