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.