The Chicago Blackhawks have traded defenseman Olli Maatta to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward prospect Brad Morrison.
A deal involving Maatta seemed inevitable for the Blackhawks this offseason. Acquired last offseason, Maatta was brought in to shore up the back end and provide solid defensive play to a struggling group. Maatta scored 17 points in 65 regular-season games as well as another six points in nine postseason games.
With two years left on his contract of an average annual value of $4.08 million, the Blackhawks were expected to either buyout Maatta’s contract or made a trade such as this. The Hawks will retain $750,108 of Maatta’s $4,083,333 salary in 2020-21 and 2021-22.
In return, the Blackhawks acquire forward Brad Morrison. The 23-year old Morrison was a fourth-round draft pick in 2015 and has yet to make his NHL debut.
Morrison spent the 2019-20 season playing for the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL. Over 17 games, he recorded six goals and 13 assists.
Below are highlights from Morrison’s 2017-18 season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL.