The Blackhawks have traded defenseman TJ Brennan to the Maple Leafs for forward Spencer Abbott.
Abbott, 26, is an unrestricted free agent after this season. He has 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in 46 games with the Toronto Marlies this season; he has played in one NHL game.
Brennan, 25, is a restricted free agent after the season. He has 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists) in 54 games with the Rockford IceHogs this season. Brennan was acquired in the trade sending Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders, and represented the IceHogs in the AHL All-Star Game this year.
Moving Brennan opens a roster spot for Vermont senior defenseman Mike Paliotta to join the IceHogs when his college career ends. Vermont’s last regular season game is Saturday night. He has 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists) in 32 games this season.