Yea that sucks, but they were probably the only one offering what they offered
The more I look at this trade the more I like it.... Apparently Bowman was pursuing Ejdsell last sprig, so obviously Ejdsell was a player Bowman wanted and he wasn't just a "toss in" contract er AHL fodder...
I checked out some of Ejdsell's highlight videos and the kid is skilled, and he's big and I think Ejdsell alone could be better than Hartman, but the Hawks got a first & fourth to boot... This isn't a bad deal at all in hindsight.. I was kind of shocked that Hartman was traded at first because I expected he would be a part of the Hawks future, but this was certainly one of those deals you really cant turn down, and Stan said as much in his trade deadline presser.... Especially since Stan wanted to sign Ejdsell last spring..
So yea, I'm fine with this deal, Ejdsell is only 22 so there is room there to grow his game and I would expect he will be playing in Rockford in the fall, and he will certainly be good competition in camp.
I'm not going to complain - especially if the rumors are true that Hartman wants 3.5 or 4 per season....
Heck, I wonder if Bowman will get dirty and re-sign Hartman to an offer sheet, lol..... That would just be too funny.... The compensation is a second round pick if Hartman signs for $1,962,986 to $3,925,975, so if Bowman really wants Hartman back he could snag him for a 2nd and watch David Polie go ballistic, lol.