After moving Jordie Benn out, the Vancouver Canucks will bring in a potential replacement. The Chicago Blackhawks have traded Madison Bowey and a 2021 fifth-round pick to the Canucks for a 2021 fourth-round selection.
Bowey, 25, has played 156 NHL games in his NHL career so far, but only two of those came for the Blackhawks. Originally selected in the second round of the 2013 draft, the 6’2″ defenseman eventually became a regular with the Washington Capitals during the 2017-18 season. He was pushed out of the lineup when the team acquired Michael Kempny and then when the Capitals extended the newcomer, Bowey’s future in Washington was completely erased.
By the next deadline he was traded to Detroit in a package that landed Washington Nick Jensen, another defenseman that they believed could have a bigger impact than Bowey. After being left unqualified he became an unrestricted free agent, signing a two-year deal with the Blackhawks after this season began.
Vancouver is likely Bowey’s last chance to become a regular in the NHL, as he’ll be 26 in just a few days. More likely he’ll find himself on waivers at the beginning of next season in order to go to the Canucks’ AHL affiliate as injury depth.