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During the season, the cap-strapped 'Hawks made only two trades and signed just one player.
In December, the Rockford IceHogs gave longtime Canuck Ryan Johnson a pro tryout contract. Johnson played one game for the Hogs before being signed and recalled by the Blackhawks to fill the fourth-line center job, He filled it admirably for the remainder of the season.
February is when things picked up for the 'Hawks. They made two trades and lost a player to waivers.
On February 9, the Hawks, searching for the answer to their second-line center questions, seemingly swindled the Florida Panthers. They sent busts Jack Skille and Hugh Jessiman—along with center prospect David Pacan—to the Panthers for Michael Frolik and goaltending prospect Alexander Salak.
Frolik wound up on the third line and Salak has been average at best since becoming 'Hawks property. Jessiman finally became the last player taken in the first round of his draft class to reach the NHL. Who won the trade? The answer hinges solely on Pacan's development.
On the 26th, the 'Hawks tried to answer their questions on defense, sending Ryan Potulny and a conditional draft pick to Ottawa for Chris Campoli and a conditional draft pick.
Campoli was decent on the third pairing, though it was his give-away that lead to the goal that ended the Hawks season in overtime in Vancouver. Neither draft pick's condition was met.
Also on the 26th, to clear a roster spot for Campoli, the Hawks tried and failed to send Nick Boynton through waivers. The Philadelphia Flyers claimed him.