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Blackhawks Acquire Kurtis Gabriel from Maple Leafs

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward Kurtis Gabriel from the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Chad Krys.
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The Chicago Blackhawks made an interesting transaction on Thursday afternoon. According to the team, the Blackhawks are sending defenseman Chad Krys to the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Kurtis Gabriel.

Krys was a second-round selection in 2016 by the Blackhawks. After the team loaded the system with capable defensemen over the years, Krys began lacking a legitimate shot at the NHL. In 64 career games at the AHL level with the Rockford IceHogs, Krys recorded 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) leading up to the trade. He has never appeared in an NHL game.

On the other hand, Kurtis Gabriel was the 81st overall pick (third round) in the 2013 NHL Draft. After being selected by the Minnesota Wild, Gabriel spent two seasons in the AHL before making his NHL debut in 2015-16.

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However, Gabriel has struggled to stick at the NHL level and has moved around. He has appeared in 49 career games at the NHL level, tallying five points (two goals, three assists). In addition, he has spent time with the Wild, New Jersey Devils, San Jose Sharks, Philadelphia Flyers, and Toronto Maple Leafs organizations.

The trade feels like a change of scenery for both parties. Krys can try to reinvent himself in Toronto and Gabriel might get a look with the Hawks. If the trade doesn't work out, it's small enough that neither side gave up significant assets.

What's On Tap Next?

The Blackhawks are in Montreal to pay the Canadiens a visit on Thursday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00 PM CST from The Bell Centre.