SAN JOSE, Calif. - Stan Bowman went for broke last spring dealing away his first-round pick, his second-round pick, Marko Dano and Phil Danault in trades that landed Andrew Ladd, Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann. Ladd never really clicked, Fleischmann fizzled after a hot start, Weise was a disaster, and the Blackhawks lost in the first round to the St. Louis Blues.
The cost was extremely high, the pay-off non-existent.
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