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Blackhawks Trade Olli Maatta to Kings for Forward Brad Morrison

The Chicago Blackhawks have traded defenseman Olli Maatta to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward prospect Brad Morrison.

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.

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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.


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