Blackhawks Trade Maatta To Kings

On Sunday the Blackhawks began clearing cap space.

Chicago sent veteran defenseman Olli Maatta to the LA Kings in exchange for forward Brad Morrison.

The Blackhawks will retain $750,108 of Maatta’s $4,083,333 salary in 2020-21 and 2021-22. Morrison’s contract has a salary cap hit of $743,333 through the 2020-21 season.

Morrison, 23, was originally selected in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2015 National Hockey League Draft by the New York Rangers. He appeared in 17 games in the ECHL last season and will not impact the Blackhawks’ NHL roster.

Maatta, 26, had 17 points in 65 games last season with the Blackhawks. He then posted three goals and three assists in nine playoff games. In nine playoff games, he led the team with a plus-seven rating and paced the defensemen with three goals and six points (3-3=6), while managing 18:17 TOI.

The Kings get a solid veteran NHL defenseman, taking advantage of Chicago desperately needing cap space.

53 thoughts on “Blackhawks Trade Maatta To Kings

  • October 4, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Retention what a joke

  • October 4, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Hey Rocky!!! How much more of this joke of a GM Blowman do we need to see before you fire him. This is just sad, an NHL level 5th or 6th d’man for a scrub and WE have to retain part of his salary. A schoolyard kid would know better!! Come on… this dumpster fire of a GM.

  • October 4, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    great trade. as much as i hate bowman, props for admitting his mistake of acquiring maatta and freeing up almost $6 million over the next two years plus it opens up a slot for mitchell. next move >>>> de haan’s cap hit. nothing against de haan, but for a team going nowhere i would rather have the cap space before he gets injured again and they get nothing for him.

  • October 4, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    @ JIM & MR. FENN92

    you are both correct, but bowman has a significant history of getting more crushed the longer he waits to make a move. the retention stinks as does getting morrison, but i have to put that aside and look at the positive of the cap space. i believe the longer he waited the worse the trade would have been and definitely better than a buyout.

  • October 4, 2020 at 1:18 pm


    I agree with you it’s a move that needed to happen. Have no problem with a pure dump, just don’t like the retention on top of taking back a contract. But oh well

  • October 4, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Maatta did a good job in the playoffs but this trade was a matter of time. Bowman should have not gone after Maatta in the first place.

  • October 4, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    this isn’t a bad trade at all..instead of a buyout which would have cost the Hawks $680,000 or so for the next four years, they eat $725,000 for two..the forward they took back just goes to Rockford so he doesn’t have any bearing on this year’s roster construction..keep in mind, the Kings traded Kubalik to us for a 5th rounder..and then allowed us to move a defenseman to them without having to include a draft pick..and that salary dump will allow us to sign who’s really getting fleeced? Solid move by Bowman to move money without moving assets..

  • October 4, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    I guess I’m the only one who thought Matta wasn’t that bad and actually was pretty good at times. We could get into the coaches system. Yes players need to work within the system and I agree with this, however good coaches make adjustments to make the most of the players actual abilities, no matter how good the system they have planned is. Hey guys we plan to win the cup….just win every shift. Like Tyson says everyone had a plan until they got punched in the face. Square peg round hole.
    As far as last season “playoffs” goes.. and just looking at last season “playoffs” ignoring projections who was better matta or boqvist? Again ignoring projections ignoring salary. Its Matta by a mile. Whatever. I thought the Kahun trade was not good and now it’s worse….much worse.

    Bowman better use the new found cap space to advantage. Try to grab some poor salary from a team along with a solid player, lots of rfa players out there. They were in good position to do this last year and they didnt. Instead they got Matta,Deshaun, and Shaw. What is that fourteen million? Oh but I’m probably the only person online who thinks Shaw will come back and be a difference maker, just think two second round picks was far too much. Two third would have been acceptable. deHaan for a bag of pucks….I’d rather they have eaten “bad” salary with picks/prospects. Granted when healthy deHaan has been pretty good.

    Far as Corey goes his playoff performance shows he can step it up. I think back to the players union wanting the season shortened to sixty games. Tells you all you need to know. Teams go nowhere without goaltending. Just my opinion but Corey is the best free agent goalie…and was even before lehner signed. Whatever.

  • October 4, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Basically retaining same salary as a buyout cost and doesn’t have dead space now when his contract expires for 2 more years.

  • October 4, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Nice move ..3.25 millions to sign Kubalik.
    Plus Lucas Carlson will have a spot on the roster.
    Now Smith….. :)

  • October 4, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    If it opens up spots for Kalykuk and Mitchell to actually compete for NHL spots I am all in.I think with his porcelain shoulders Dehaan should be the next to be moved.Get a month of work at that power skating school Mr Seabrook. It looks like you may be helping us break in a couple of young D Men.

  • October 4, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    I have no problem with this move. Frees up space and an apparent position on defense. Is this for Seabrook or a kid? Hopefully Bowman knows that answer, but I surely don’t. If it’s a kid – then I suspect we are getting a veteran goalie. If this move makes a kid play next year (and Boqvist remains in the NHL), then what are you doing with Seabrook? Again: Hopefully Bowman knows that answer.

    I suspect we could have gotten 3 first rounders back and people would still have bitched about Bowman. It is their right, but sometimes maybe a weak or VERY weak argument. What were the better offers that Bowman turned down with regards to Maatta?

    Mr. Nigrelli indicated an active week a while back. I wouldn’t call the past week outwardly active, but then I wasn’t sitting in Bowman’s office either. Maybe this was the best move he has had available to him all week, and a needed first step for the team. I trust Bowman to make good moves at this point. I also hold him completely accountable (as if I actually have any power!) for the makeup of the team as it will be at season’s start. I like the first step. The next week should be interesting and will likely create some lively threads here. I look forward to it.

    And thanks to Craig, Ian and others that bring insight and pretty dependable information to our board. It makes this a better place to visit. Tab – nice job on the write-ups and for sharing at times opposing information about them. I feel they have been well written and easy to understand, which makes them interesting and digestible. And that’s a pleasant break in today’s world.

  • October 4, 2020 at 2:23 pm


  • October 4, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    People complained about the ‘temp’ ufas here is the way we can add a top pair Defensemen or FW with trading Maatta Smith others.

    Another Morrison baybaaaay!

    For the caphits Maatta had the better buyout numbers then others this is better and its all bout the 3 yrs from now and not having any of these caphits in 2/3 yrs from now not about this yrs.

    Trade Maatta Smith other litr Shaw and were looking to add when theres someone available that we need for going forward.

  • October 4, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    @honest guy..Matta played his 7th season this year..Boqvist played his 1st season this year..not exactly a fair comparison with regards to their respective playoff performances..maybe everyone can allow Boqvist to have his 21st birthday before considering him a bust lol..and since a lot of Matta’s positive production only came on the third pairing, his contract was a little too rich for a fifth defenseman..the Hawks have plenty of defenseman that can fill a third pairing role on the left side for a few million less than Matta and that includes SK who had better underlying possession numbers than Matta and should only cost $1 mil or $1.5 to for Kahun, well, he’s on his third team in three years so whatever we saw in him that looked expendable, the Penguins saw as well..

    And if you look at the Hawks cap situation, they’re freeing up cap space in order to sign their own there won’t be any absorption of dead weight salary from another team in exchange for a pick/prospect..we’re not Ottawa or Detroit who have torn down their rosters completely..the Hawks will continue to try to win until Toews and Kane are no longer playing for the Hawks..does it slow down a full rebuild? Yes. Does it lend itself to the team being in this weird gray area where they’re good enough to win games, but not great enough to dominate for extended stretches of time? Yes. But that’s the reality.

  • October 4, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Silent, good post think same.

  • October 4, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    @tim w, I think you’re on the right track..I like the idea of a youngster being on the same pairing as a’s how I think the pairings may look next year..


    He’s something else that I was just noticing as I was typing these pairings..there is some nice flexibility within the pairings..would it shock me to see Mitchell playing with Keith? No. Could Seabrook and Koekkoek get time together? if these 8 constitute the Hawks defensemen next year, I do like the ability to mix and match to find pairs that compliment each other..

  • October 4, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Good move by Bowman. Two of the most pressing needs for the Hawks is cap space and getting their young d-men experience to have them be ready to contribute to a Cup contending team in a couple years. This move does both.

    Carlsson is ready to be given an opportunity to be part of the top-6 and with Keith and deHaan holding down 2 of the 3 LD spots – he now has an opportunity to compete for the 3rd LD spot. Kalynuk is supposed to be close to NHL ready so he could be part of the equation too, if not immediately out of camp, then maybe as a call up later in the season. Maatta would have blocked both of them. Even if deHaan has more injury problems, Koekkoek (if re-signed) would be an LD option as it is it natural side despite playing a lot of RD last season.

    Well done Stan – don’t stop now.

  • October 4, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    I liked it when Stan got Maatta but then he signed De Haan too which was overkill. When you have to make “good” moves just to offset earlier moves that put you behind the 8 ball, it’s not a prescription for success.

    Good luck to Maatta. No complaints with his play.

  • October 4, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Don’t worry all. Blowman will screw this up like he always does with the “extra” cap space. Probably go overpay for a crappy #5 or #6 defense-man again.

  • October 4, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Actually this is the type of move that will make players want to play for the Blackhawks. He could have cut Maatta loose at a minimal cost but ensured him his contract stays in force with a team that wanted him. Players notice how other players are treated when considering signing with teams or agreeing to a trade. Thanks for the appreciation Silent Spot.

  • October 4, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Think the getting Maatta Haan a hralthy goalie was just to have 6 NHL defensemen and a NHL goalie. For 2 yrs there we didnt have both.

    Now that were adjusting roster to where we normally would while young wave is getting ready its time to make the moves and then add what we need during these 3 yrs now.

  • October 4, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Good move – better than a buyout although not as good as getting a draft pick (any draft pick) back but still better

    I’m not opposed to moving DeHaan but I don’t think they will until they see who among the young D can stick in the NHL – thinking of Mitchell, Kalynuk and Carlsson

    Any of those three can also be sent to RKF without waivers if they’re not ready yet – the Hawks won’t let any of those three languish on the bench as 7th D

    I think Mitchell starts in CHI with 2, 27, 5, 44 being the other everyday D men – Seabs and KK rotate in

    If Kalynuk or Carlson show they’re ready then maybe someone like DeHaan gets moved or maybe if they tell Seabrook he’s the 7th guy he waives his no trade and KK becomes the 7th

  • October 4, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Ian – Question based on your comment. When a player is bought out does he receive less than 100% of his contract value? I know the team gets a cap benefit but I was never clear if it impacted the actual cash due to the player.

    Matta seemed to be a high character guy
    who played his role pretty much as expected. I wish him well.

  • October 4, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    So let me get this straight….
    Bowman goes and gets Maata and overpays him.

    Such that, in one year he has to dump him for a minor leaguer to free cap space?

    His exactly does that translate to GM shrewdness?

    Meanwhile you now have to pay a 35 year old goalie $3 million ( if he takes it) when you could have gotten a younger talented goalie for $5 million, long term?
    (Full disclosure: I am huge Crawford fan.)

    Again I ask, how exactly does this translate to GM shrewdness?

    How many times does the organization have to put out the dumpster fires this guy creates before they realize he is a big problem?

    Brandon Manning. Dumpster fire.

    Jokiharu for Nylander. Dumpster fire.

    Chris Kunitz. Dumpster fire.

    Trading Hjarms. Dumpster fire.

    Trading Kempny. Dumpster fire.

    Firing Quennville. Dumpster fire.

    Hiring Colliton. Dumpster fire.

    Trading Stephen Johns and #10 for Trevor Daley. Dumpster fire.

    Trading Trevor Daley in 5 months for Rob Scuderi. Dumpster fire.

    You guys probably have another 5-10 examples of Bowman dumpster fires, don’t you?

    Puzzles me how anyone can look at this man’s performance over last 4 years and say, “Good job”.

  • October 4, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Love the comment by Perimeter Player. Right on the nose. I wish Rocky would look at this list and Fire Bowman before he adds to it.

  • October 4, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    I wouldnt go by anything for the dynasty yrs when were in a dunasty you milk it and milk it good. Some of that stuff afterwards doesnt really? matter we wernt winning after 81 and 4. That was the day. Since then higher drafts is better anyways. Sure could have done better with some ufas but it actually was better at the end of the day for draft players.

    Now once were rolling again yea no mistakes/limit and no excuses.

  • October 4, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Lehner signed for 5 mil because of the flat cap the next two years. The same reason Chi has to dump salary. If the cap went up as much as it was supposed to this trade probably would not happen.

  • October 4, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    In evaluating a GM, circumstantial situations matter. It’s easy to criticize in hindsight without the context and continuum of each situation. It’s also easy to criticize against the fallacy of perfection. But minds are made up regardless.

  • October 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    So in the end what we got for Kahun was Morrison and part of Matta’s salary. Considering that when all is said and done all we got for Buff was waving a scrub, this makes sense…Bowman makes mistakes than Bowman fixes his mistakes at a higher cost. Good ol Stan Bowman hockey

  • October 4, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    MS a player gets paid either one third or two thirds of their remaining salary depending on age. In Maatta’s case caphit and salary are equal so that doesn’t change for actual salary. What’s interesting on him is age. He just turned 26 so still only due 1/3 of his salary. He would get paid $680,000 over 4 years for 2 years left on contract. Paid out over twice the duration left. If he was bought out next year at 27 yr old he would have been due 2/3 his salary and gotten 1.1m and caphit would be same over 2 years for the 1 year left on his contract. 26 is cut off point to only get 1/3 of his salary. So yes he would have lost over 5m in actual salary if bought out.

  • October 4, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Your statement is accurate if the bullet point is a one off situation.

    But when those bullet points pile up over the years, you gotta ask yourself, ‘Does this guy know what he is doing?’

    The obvious answer is not any more.

  • October 4, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    PP, it is a continuum for not only Stan but for every GM. He has made mistakes as have every other GM. He’s also made some good moves. Some of the moves were good moves at the time for the specific situation and just didn’t work out so they look like bad moves in retrospect because they’re viewed without that situational context.

    I think he’s made some bad moves but I don’t think it’s nearly as one sided as you portray it.

  • October 4, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Ian, thats why you said Bowman does the right thing for the players when he can. That is important when adding very good/decent ufa players to want to come here. Have to have a good core/team need both.

  • October 4, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    The facts don’t lie.
    Here is another one….
    The Seabrook contact.
    Again full disclosure, I am a huge Seabrook fan.

    The GM gave a 31 year old local hero a long term, $7 million per year contract.
    Think about that………….
    Hawks will be paying a 38 year old defenseman with hard miles on him, $7 million a year.
    Colossal blunder that has hamstrung the team.

    Again, dumpster fire. Five alarm in status.

    You know any other GM of a former dynasty still employed after this lineup of dumpster fires?

    Me neither.

  • October 4, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Daneault and a draft pick for Dale Weisz and Tomas Fleischman.
    Another dumpster fire.

    The hits just keep on coming.

  • October 4, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Like how we knew we were getting Kubalik so when we traded Kahun people can look at it separate. I would combine trades/adds and go by Kahun for Kubalik. Not to combine trades to make what I am saying better because they were done at the same time basically.

    Is Kahun better than Morrison. Is Kubalik better then a 5th.

    If the goal is to win the Cup then doing what Bowman did by not getting good/better then he did ufas which got us better draft picks. This makes young wave better. If Bowman did what PIT did and make team good every yr that would be good for those yrs now PIT has no farm there done like LA is. Where we have a good young wave by doing bad.

    Now once were rolling again no excuses/has to be good.

  • October 4, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Kahun and 5th for Morrison and Kubalik.

  • October 4, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Maatta was a salary cap, COVID and revenue casualty. With no fans in the stands for the foreseeable future, the Wirtzs are not making money on the Blackhawks right now. Add to that the salary cap is flat so the Hawks need cap space suddenly. They just were not going to pay Maatta: $4million any longer. Once Stan found someone to take the majority of his contract WITHOUT having to buy him out, he saved his boss millions of dollars. That’s business. That’s the real world.

    For those who have been clamoring (myself included) to play the kids such as Lucas Carlsson and now Wyatt Kalynuk. This opens up a spot.

  • October 4, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Hey Perimeter, one more for you…..Timonen. ‘Nuff said.

  • October 4, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Would it bother me if Stan was fired? Not in the least. But, as the old saying goes – don’t judge him against the Almighty, judge him against the alternative … and the alternative, whoever it would be, would come with his own set of warts and miscues.

  • October 5, 2020 at 12:18 am

    Perimeter Player has set forth — in cliff notes fashion — the minimum facts that warrant Bowman’s dismissal. Immediately after the draft Thursday a.m.

    If Crawford is re-signed (which is a huge coin flip based upon how Bowman conducts business), the coach should be discharged simultaneously. If Crawford leaves, it doesn’t matter as the dumpster fire will be in full force and effect.

    This falls and will fall wholly upon Bowman as he is in charge of all player transactions and more importantly, he is the one who plucked Colliton out of Europe w no experience and made him the coach of a three time Cup winning team w a year of coaching in North America. At the age of 33.

    This is on Rocky as he must have other stuff going on preoccupying him bc he’s a smart dude and there is no way in his focused mind he would allow Colliton to remain the coach of the team.

    Good evening.

  • October 5, 2020 at 1:02 am

    With the laundry list of Stan’s failures plain to see, can Rocky be a smart guy and not fire Stan? If he is a smart guy – what could account for him not getting rid of such a failure? Could there be more to the story than we can recite on a message board?

    Just wondering.

  • October 5, 2020 at 8:33 am

    We live in a time when “feelings and opinion” masquerade as “facts,” for the sole purpose of rewriting the facts. There are so many facts involving Stan Bowman and @Perimeter Player has done a nice job of cherry-picking the “facts,” done largely out of context and entirely from one side of the ledger. And frankly, I’d say most of these “facts” have been inconsequential involving filling out the middle and bottom of the roster. Many yawners and “so what’s?” in the big picture.

    So what’s the Big Picture? The Hawks won 3 Cups and haven’t been able to retool as well as some here expect? Is it the GM’s fault that our aging stars are aging? Keep in mind, only the Penguins have repeated as champions where both Western Conference and Eastern Conference champions have been represented since 2015. Seems like the salary cap and the regressive draft order are working as designed.

    So the Seabrook contract. Does anyone truly believe that the chain of command exists in every billion dollar organization in North America, except for the Chicago Blackhawks? That it was solely Stan’s decision and he executed it in isolation? And that Stan wouldn’t have been fired for it by now? Awful, awful contract, no doubt, and it appears someone other than Stan was held accountable for it.

    Danault…truly a dumpster fire. In my opinion, Stan’s worst move. Is this a fire-able offense for a very nice 2nd/3rd line C after winning another Cup? Not by a long shot. Danault would’ve been a nice piece to have kept, though.

    Quenneville…where Colliton remains a TBD, let’s not pretend that Quenneville’s run was NOT approaching it’s terminus and change was not needed eventually. Everyone’s run always ends. Don’t ignore that the dynamic duo of Tallon/Quenneville haven’t achieved much after their magical reunion. Did Stan pick the right guy? Hard to know, but don’t ignore that Colliton’s Hawks team appeared well conditioned, much improved and ready to play in these weird playoffs. They won a series and pushed the Knights, exceeding some expectations.

    The list of Stan’s accomplishments are also part of the record of facts. There are too many to list here.

    Look, I’m not here to change anyone’s opinion, but can’t resist whenever the “facts” get in the way of telling the story the right way. To me, Stan’s a B or B+ GM and until an A GM becomes available, we can win with Stan. It’s quite obvious the Hawks are now moving toward a more aggressive retool/rebuild rather than making bottom of the roster tweaks they’ve been doing. That’s exciting and it appears the Wirtz’s trust Stan to do it, which is also extremely revealing considering the firing of McDonough coincides with this commitment to more aggressively retool.

  • October 5, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Way to tell it Aurora Hawk.

  • October 5, 2020 at 10:43 am

    When you see that the Wild are getting a 2021 3rd rounder for Donato from San Jose, it makes this trade look much worse. Bowman couldn’t get more than a marginal AHL player for a starting defenseman.

    I would comp Donato and Maatta as bottom 6/bottom pairing legit NHL players, so what Stan got was nowhere close to what Guerin got.

    This is the challenge when you have a GM who consistently gets less in return than expected. Stan is getting abused by smarter, more patient GMs, and the Hawks are coming out on the worse end of almost every deal. I shudder to think of what he will give up to get Murray between now and the draft.

  • October 5, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Aurora – excellent post.

  • October 5, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Excellent post Aurora

  • October 5, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Nice post Aurora

  • October 5, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Nice post Aurora Hawk. I love this team, Stan and all.

  • October 5, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    The issue with Aurora’s comments are that even if the approval runs up the chain it’s still Stan that allowed and thought of these bad moves/contracts. In business you need to trust that the people below and above you are doing and know how to do their jobs, it’s a trust factor. He was entrusted to do his job and the people above must have had a trust in him that what he was doing was right. I don’t think Rocky and I know McDonut are not “true” hockey guy’s so this puts the onus right back on Stan for coming up with these bad moves/contracts. Sorry guy’s Stan has blundered his way too much for me and I don’t trust him to continue to mold this roster and Colliton was a BIG mistake. I think Q was not given enough of a chance with a decent roster after Stan depleted it with his crappy moves, he tried to make the best of what he had. Plenty of great coaches got to other teams and don’t strike that lightning twice, at least not for awhile. Getting those early picks of Kane and Toews and Seabrook and Keith were lucky but also the right picks were made with those, and not by Stan I might add.
    I’m more of getting Stan out before he does too much more damage, he’s already wasted 4 years of Kane/Toews/Keith/Crawford/Seabrook. Cut off the tumor and move forward.

  • October 5, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    I donot have anything against Bowman but Danault pissed me off. Even though I knew why we did it because we didnt do anything in 14 so your going for 2 Cups in a row for the second time in 3 yrs you then have to add because you didnt in 14. That I understand just liked Danault.

  • October 5, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Bowman and crew be around and unless were way off in a couple yrs as the young wave emerges with the roster then yea. These guys are here for these yrs coming up. Bowman could get new coaches/team system if not going well then see how that goes then if still not then new gms.

    Bowman has done it before with a stacked roster to work with to chisel but he did it almost 3 in 4 yrs/basically that. He can do it and like your saying if hes not tied down to things like that we ll see the roster going where we want it to here in the next 24 mths.

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