Mattias Janmark, Carl Soderberg, Matthew Highmore, and Lucas Wallmark are out. Brett Connolly, Adam Gaudette, Riley Stillman, and Vinnie Hinostroza are in with an assortment of prospects and focus shifts to coaching Jeremy Colliton as he tries to incorporate the new pieces while keeping the team in contention for a playoff spot.. Balancing a surprising season focusing on the future, the Chicago Blackhawks were one of the NHL‘s most active of the league’s trade deadline. Now the
The Blackhawksin overtime Monday night in Columbus, moving within two points of idle Nashville for the final playoff spot in the Central Division. Connolly scored, and Stillman with their new team.
“I thought they were both good,” Colliton said. “They brought energy, and they, of course, were excited about the opportunity. They’re happy to be here and provide some energy for us.” While the flat salary cap, , and the looming expansion draft created a more complicated landscape than most years, the Blackhawks made four more trades ahead of Monday’s deadline.
Janmark was shipped off to Vegas as part of a three-team trade withthat netted Chicago a second-round pick in 2021 and a third-rounder in 2022. The Blackhawks retained 50% of Janmark‘s salary cap hit and parted with a fifth-rounder in 2022 as part of the deal.
Highmore dealt with Vancouver for Gaudette. Soderberg was traded to Colorado for Josh Dickinson and Ryder Rolston. In exchange for a fourth-rounder, Madison Bowey also went to the Canucks in a minor deal that included Chicago’s fifth-round pick in thisdraft.
The flurry oftwo trades with Florida earlier in April. Hinostroza returned to his first NHL . The Blackhawks reeled in Connolly and Stillman last week, acquiring the rights to Henrik Borgström and a seventh-round while sending Wallmark and defenseman Lucas Carlsson to the Panthers. “It’s consistent with what we’ve been trying to do going back to the offseason, which was, you know, we’re trying to rebuild our asset pool, and we’re trying to bring in some young players,” general Stan Bowman said.
“I think we did what we set out to do, and when that happens, usually you’re excited about that.”
Bowman knew the Blackhawks’ position in the standings in making the moves.
“Having some NHL players come in to replace those guys is hopefully going to allow us just to keep going where we are,” he said. “It’s within sight.”
The 6-foot-3 Borgström might be the most intriguing player acquired by the Blackhawks this month. Florida selected the 23-year-old center of the 2016 draft. , he is playing in Finland after collecting nine goals and ten assists in 58 games with the Panthers over the past three seasons.
Before he was drafted, Borgström starred at the University of Denver, and Bowman hopes to sign him for. The Blackhawks also acquired another center in the 24-year-old Gaudette, who set career highs with 12 goals and 21 assists in 59 games last season. Gaudette hasn’t played since March 24 because of a on the Canucks.
“We’ve got a nice stable of young defensemen … and then with the recent moves, I feel like our center group is coming along as well,” Bowman said. Gaudette is looking to return to form after managing just four goals and three assists in his first 33 games this. Same for the 28-year-old Connolly, who had just two goals and two assists in 21 games with the Panthers.
“It wasn’t working. But that’s in the past, and I’m moving on,” Connolly said. “I’m honored to wear this jersey. When I found that it was Chicago, I was extremely excited. … I’m looking to come in here, help the team get in the postseason, and be aof that.”
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