The trade deadline is nearing for the NHL and teams are acting quickly. With Monday marking the end of the trading window, sellers are moving pieces to contenders in order to build for the future. According to Frank Seravalli, Brandon Hagel is heading to Tampa Bay. The full details were released by John Buccigross.
Hagel and two mid-round picks for two firsts and two players is a massive haul for the former free agent signing. Kyle Davidson has completed his first major move without the interim tag. In addition, Hagel was considered a "good bet" to be moved anyway earlier this month.
This season, Hagel has recorded 21 goals and 16 assists. His 37 points rank fourth on the Chicago Blackhawks behind Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat, and Seth Jones. In addition, Hagel's $1.5 million AAV contract is possibly the best deal in the NHL, as the 23-year-old has cemented himself as a valuable grinder and explosive offensive player.
Taylor Raddysh was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. After 29 points in 27 games in the AHL this season, Raddysh made the jump to the Lightning. He has suited up in 53 games, tallying 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in minimal ice time with the Bolts. Raddysh still fits the "prospect" definition, so this is a good move for Chicago. Also, Raddysh played on a line with Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome in their days with the Erie Otters.
In addition, the Blackhawks are acquiring winger Boris Katchouk. The 23-year-old winger has played in 38 games this season, tallying six points (two goals, four assists). Like Raddysh, Katchouk has played minimal minutes with the Lightning. Katchouk also put up great numbers in the AHL before being called up.
This move allows the Blackhawks to gain additional capital while also getting prospects that will ideally be a part of the future in the near and long term. With no guarantee that Hagel continues to play as well as he has, this move makes a lot of sense for Chicago and Davidson is setting them up for possible success down the road.