Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks Complete Five Player Trade

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The Florida Panthers have traded Brett Connolly, Riley Stillman, and Henrik Borgstrom along with a seventh-round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks. In return, Florida receives Lucas Carlsson and Lucas Wallmark.

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Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks Trade

The Florida Panthers completed a five-player trade Thursday with the Chicago Blackhawks. Florida sends forward Brett Connolly, defenceman Riley Stillman, and forward Henrik Borgstrom to Chicago. Chicago moves defenceman Lucas Carlson and forward Lucas Wallmark to Florida.

Players Traded To Chicago

Brett Connolly is a 28-year-old veteran of 10 NHL seasons. He has struggled to make an impact in Florida with just two goals and two assists in 21 games this season. He has scored 100 goals and added 92 assists in 517 games in his NHL career. Riley Stillman was drafted in the fourth round (114th overall) by Florida in 2016. He has appeared in 43 games (five this season) with no goals and five assists. Henrik Borgstrom was selected in the first round (23rd overall) by the Panthers in 2016. He has played 58 games with Florida notching nine goals and 10 assists.  He has not played in a game this season.

Players Traded To Florida

The Florida Panthers receive two young players from the Blackhawks. Defenceman Lucas Carlsson was drafted in the fourth round (110th overall) by the Blackhawks in 2016. He has played 18 NHL games recording two assists. Forward Lucas Wallmark has played in 183 games in his five-year NHL career with 23 goals and 36 assists. He has appeared in 16 games for Chicago this year, with just three assists.

A Sign Of Bigger Trades Coming

This trade is largely a salary dump for the Florida Panthers who are currently first in the Central Division. Connolly has a cap hit of $3.5 million per year until the 2022-23 season. Moving this contract opens up space for Florida to make a bigger move in the very competitive Central Division.

The Blackhawks sit fifth in the Central, just two points out of the playoffs. In using their cap space they pick up some depth players to assist them in a playoff push and a good prospect in Borgstrom. With the NHL Trade Deadline just four days away, expect more dominoes to start falling as teams jockey down the home stretch.

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