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Blackhawks Trade Nikita Zadorov to Calgary Flames

Zadorov, a former first-round pick, was a bit underwhelming this past season for Chicago.
Nikita Zadorov Blackhawks Trade

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Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has been quite busy early into the NHL offseason. On Tuesday, the Blackhawks acquired Marc-Andre Fleury and Tyler Johnson in separate trades. Bowman didn’t stop there, however, as he dealt defenseman Nikita Zadorov to the Calgary Flames for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft this morning.

The Blackhawks acquired the 26-year-old defenseman from the Avalanche in a trade last offseason that sent Brandon Saad to Colorado.

Zadorov, a former first-round pick, was a bit underwhelming this past season for Chicago. In 55 games, he posted one goal and seven assists.

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With the Blackhawks recent additions of Seth and Caleb Jones, the team was running out of available spots on their blue line. Zadorov, a restricted free agent, was the odd man out.

Many criticized the Blackhawks return for Saad consisting of Zadorov and AHL defenseman Anton Lindholm a year ago. Now, a year later, Zadorov is sent packing and the Blackhawks only have a third-round pick to show for a player of Saad’s caliber.

The Blackhawks may not be done unloading defensemen either, as Bruce Garrioch of TSN reports the team is looking to move Calvin de Haan as well.