The Chicago Blackhawks continue to have an eventful offseason. The first big trade of the eventful July 27th day was acquiring what they hope is their new starting goalie. Marc-Andre Fleury was acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights in a salary cap dump. The second big trade of the day was acquiring Tyler Johnson from the Tampa Bay Lightning and moving on from another franchise icon. Brent Seabrook’s contract was sent to the Lightning in return for Tyler Johnson and a second-round pick. With cap space galore entering the 2021 offseason the Blackhawks have totally transformed their roster. Marc-Andre Fleury if he decides to play for Chicago and Tyler Johnson will have a major impact on the ice and off the ice helping progress the Blackhawks from a franchise that is rebuilding back into a contending team.
Breaking Down the Marc-Andre Fleury Trade
The first trade of the day was trading for the 2021 Vezina trophy winner. The 17 year NHL veteran is a wonderful addition to the Blackhawks organization. Last season he posted a career-high .928 save percentage and 1.98 goals-against average in 36 regular-season games.
In return, the Vegas Golden Knights acquired Mikael Hakkarainen from Chicago. Hakkarainen is a 23-year-old prospect from Finland. The former fifth-round pick of the Blackhawks has no NHL experience but the 2018 draft pick has the potential to be a decent AHL player for the Golden Knights AHL affiliates. He could also potentially be a decent fill-in for the Golden Knights if needed.
The only downside to this trade is Marc-Andre Fleury is contemplating his future in the NHL. He does not want to move his family to yet another new city. If he does end up playing for Chicago he will be the starting goalie and fantastic addition to the roster. If he doesn’t join the franchise, it will be disappointing for Hawks fans, but they didn’t have to give up a high-level prospect or player.
Breaking Down the Tyler Johnson Trade
The second trade of the day brings more Stanley cup experience to the Blackhawks roster. The two-time Stanley Cup champion Tyler Johnson joins the Blackhawks roster. Johnson has helped bring the last two Stanley Cups back to Tampa Bay. In the 2021 regular season, Johnson scored eight goals and 14 assists. In the playoffs, though he turned up his scoring production. Scoring four goals and three assists in 23 games he clearly can turn up his play in big spots to help his team win in the clutch.
Johnson’s contract is a hefty one at five million dollars per season, but they do get a second-round pick in return for taking on Johnson’s contract. Johnson will be a solid addition to the Blackhawks middle-six forward group. Despite his large cap hit Johnson will be a valuable assist to progress the Blackhawks through their rebuild.
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