- Jesse Rogers, ESPN Staff Writer
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ST. PAUL -- Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman wanted more than just the one defenseman he traded for on Monday, though he said he wasn't disappointed with the end result.
"Not disappointed," Bowman said before the Hawks took on the Wild on Monday night. "[We] said our priority was to get something done and we certainly accomplished that. We had a lot of talk about doing another thing. Little different this year. Half as many trades this year as last year. That's indicative. Only a few teams out of the playoff race in East and West."
Bowman wanted to get a center for depth but said the Hawks will make do with what they have.
"We were looking to add, but [Patrick] Sharp and [Tomas] Kopecky can always play in the middle," Bowman indicated. "I think having Ryan Johnson come on here over the last few weeks is getting us more comfortable at that position. He came in without training camp, so it took him a little bit to get up to speed."
With the loss of Jordan Hendry to a season-ending knee injury on Sunday, options for obtaining a second defenseman were explored but no second deal was consummated.
"We're probably unique in the fact we have two veteran guys in [Jassen] Cullimore and [Garnet] Exelby, both played plenty of NHL games and playoff games," Bowman explained. "I haven't really studied it, but I don't think too many other teams have guys with that level of experience not even on the NHL team. We have young guys coming along [as well]."
Both Cullimore, who is injured at the moment, and Exelby, are on the Hawks farm team in Rockford. Young players Bowman mentioned as potential fill-ins on the back end included Ivan Vishnevsky, Shawn Lalonde, and Brian Connelly. All three have played in Rockford this season but only Vishnevsky has seen any NHL action, five games for the Stars over the last two years.
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com.
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