On Thursday morning, the Blackhawks acquired forward Jiri Sekac from the Anaheim Ducks for forward Ryan Garbutt.
Sekac, 23, had struggled to get on the ice with the underwhelming Ducks this season. He has appeared in only 22 games this year, registering one goal and two assists. He appeared in 69 games last year between Montreal and Anaheim, scoring nine goals with 14 assists. Sekac played in seven playoff games for the Ducks last year.
A left wing, Sekac will give the Hawks another option on the left side and comes with a $925,000 cap hit for the 2015-16 season. Sekac is a restricted free agent this summer. Sekac was averaging only 12:11 per game for the Ducks, and all three of his point came on the power play.
Sekac initially signed as a free agent with Montreal in July of 2014, and was traded to Anaheim for Devante Smith-Pelly after only 50 games with the Habs.
Garbutt, 30, was acquired from Dallas in the deal sending Patrick Sharp to the Stars in July. He has two goals and four assists in 43 games with the Hawks this season, and has also been credited with 94 hits. So, in summary, the Blackhawks traded Sharp and Stephen Johns for Rob Scuderi and Jiri Sekac.
Something to keep in mind beyond the two individuals in this deal is the Blackhawks get Garbutt’s salary for the 2016-17 season off the books; the future of Sekac isn’t set in stone yet by any means, but Garbutt was set to become a UFA after the 16-17 season.