Blackhawks Trade Ryan Hartman To Nashville

Victor Ejdsell is a 22-year-old forward who is listed at 6-4 and 214 pounds. He is currently playing for HV71 Jonkoping in Sweden, where he has 17 goals and 13 assists in 44 games. He signed a free agent contract with Nashville in May of last year. He has a cap hit of $833,750 through the 2018-19 season.

Hartman, 23, was the Blackhawks’ first round pick (#30 overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft. He leaves Chicago having scored 27 goals in 147 games in the NHL.

With this trade, the Blackhawks now have eight selections in the 2018 NHL Draft:

1st round: Chicago, Nashville
2nd round: none
3rd round: Chicago, Washington/Toronto* (from the Michael Kempny trade)
4th round: Nashville
5th round: Columbus** (from the Saad/Panarin trade)
6th round: Chicago
7th round: Chicago

71 thoughts on “Blackhawks Trade Ryan Hartman To Nashville

  • February 26, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Nashville’s number 2 prospect. 1st and a 4th for a skilled yet inconsistent player that still takes dumb penalties.

  • February 26, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Nashville just keeps getting better . Cup contenders i think .

  • February 26, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Interesting points Ogie. This tells me Q isn’t going anywhere next year; Q hated seeing Shaw leave, Hartman was never going to replace him in Q’s eyes, same as to Murphy & Hjalmmerson dynamic. I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, just the facts and how Q operates. Bowman is the one who saddled him with this roster.

    We’ll see how it plays out.

  • February 26, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Stan tinkering around the edges. Wake me up when he unloads severely overpaid Saad or slow footed Anisimov. I expect we will see a big rebound from Hartman playing with the Preds.

  • February 26, 2018 at 11:41 am

    I wish Hartman well. Hartman was kind of a mini Shaw. Things about his game I liked, but he seemed to regress this season.

    It sure looks like Preds are adding troops for a likely deep playoff run. They certainly appear to be the team to beat coming out of the West imo barring some significant injuries to key guys down the stretch.

    Next move SB?

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • February 26, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I like this trade. Didn’t think we could get a late 1st rounder for Hartman, plus a 4th rounder and a prospect. What an opportunity, if only Stan can make better picks. Now, if only Nashville can lose games and not go far in the playoffs.

  • February 26, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Considering Saad’s age, I wouldn’t move him now.

    This trade might turn out very good for Chicago?

    Now, on to the Anisimov and Keith trades…?

  • February 26, 2018 at 11:51 am

    P.S. No movement clauses (and it’s too early for Bowman to admit the Saad mistake) aside, Hartman was the Hawks’ most marketable asset, and Bowman (as he usually does when unloading players, NOT trading for them) received an outstanding return. Let’s remember he secured a 3rd round pick for Bollig from Calgary, so this is commensurate to Hartman’s comparative value.

  • February 26, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Hopefully with Hartman gone we see Hayden and not Sharp in Thursday nights game.

  • February 26, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I love Ryan Hartman.

    This is a terrific trade for the Blackhawks.

  • February 26, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Good riddance

    He was second only to Abdelkader in taking bad penalties at the worst time.

    Now hopefully Chicago doesnt draft another Adam Munro with the 1st rd pick

  • February 26, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Like the trade. Ejdsell cap hit $833,000, next season is 2nd year of elc, has European assignment clause so unlikely he plays in Rockford.

  • February 26, 2018 at 11:58 am

    We are not going to know if this is a terrific trade for the Hawks until we see who Stan selects with the pick, the success the pick achieves in the NHL and how Hartman does at his new home.

  • February 26, 2018 at 11:59 am

    1961 agree,,,, two hours to go, Wingels needs to go, Jurco as well, and why wouldn’t Sharp agree to go to a contending team for a playoff run? That would open up at least 3 spots minimum including Hartman’s. Highmore absolutely needs to be recalled with Hayden.

  • February 26, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Like it. As I posted earlier, if trading Hartman could get us back into the 25-40 slot it would be worth the risk. I don’t know anything about Ejdsell but we could use a Viking.

    We need stud prospects not just grinders, and we need them at all positions. Certainly no guarantees, but more picks equals more opportunities to snag some new talent. Now it is up to the scouts.

  • February 26, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Jordyhawk what i read about Ejdsell he is a big dynamic 2way centre who has produced offense on big ice surfaces. Blackhawks scouted and pursued him last year as an unsigned free agent as a 21 yr old. Uses his size good but not the fastest guy on the ice.

  • February 26, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Just to add, one thing I like about Stan is he is no wallflower. I may be wrong but my impression is that as a seller the best deals get made early. Stan moves quickly.

  • February 26, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Great move. Agree that we need to pause to see what happens in the draft, but getting a first and a fourth and a prospect is a great return for us.

  • February 26, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    So Ian, if that’s the case and he is NHL ready that would suggest AA could potentially be in play (rumors already that he is being asked to waive the NMC).

  • February 26, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Like it. Big goal scoring forward/center and a 1st and 4th round pick? ….. I’ll take that. As mentioned earlier Hartman was not a consistent replacement for Shaw.

    Get what you can for Wingels and Jurco.
    Keep Anisimov (if you think you can keep him at his current cap, never underestimate presence of someone who goes to the net and scores)
    Give Saad another year. Had an awful year but young and needs to bust off this year’s bad mojo.

    Here’s hoping Hartman goes to Nashville and puts up some bad penalties for them.

    Go Stan!!!!
    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  • February 26, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Keith isnt going anywhere. I would move Saad if it means Seabrook goes with.

    Ejdsell’s teammate Lawrence Pilut will sign a deal this summer. Younger. More offensive production. Wearing a letter. And is a D.

  • February 26, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    I also think the nail in Hartmans coffin was that dumb penalty last game.

  • February 26, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I like this trade for the Hawks. Hartman is a decent player but he’s not a top-6 guy and he hasn’t played special teams so I don’t think he will be missed all that much. He was the last pick in the 1st round of the 2013 draft and we swapped him for essentially at or around the same draft position in the 2018 draft – so that can be looked at as either losing 5 years of development or gaining 3 or 4 years of ELC cap relief.

  • February 26, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    61 if as Jordyhawk stated Ejdsell steps in and fills a bottom 6 center role next year. That was a spot that Hartman got a look at, its a roster spot for spot and upgraded 5th pick to a 4th and the 1st round pick could be basically gravy, potentially a big return.

  • February 26, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    WOW Nashville paid A LOT for a who is extremely inconsistent. The kicker is they will need to resign him too. What a head scratcher from Nashville perspective? Goes to show it’s not easy moving from the hunter to the hunted.

  • February 26, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    How about Toews comment, not understanding the big picture. That comment is almost as poor as his play on the ice geez. Great leadership from Captain Seriously

  • February 26, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Poile is getting hammered for the deal. If you take out Hartman’s 5 point season opener his numbers this year his numbers look even worse.

    Blues traded Stastny. Didnt see that coming.

  • February 26, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    2 picks and a near NHL prospect, for a moderately talented pest who rarely lights the lamp. I like Hartman, and he will likely make Nashville better, but that’s a lot of return for a player who will never be the difference maker Andrew Shaw was. Despite some glaring mistakes, I will never forget Shaw taking over bits of playoff and cup games with his defensive and puck handling skill. I have to think there’s a contender out there that will overvalue Saad as well. I love Saad, but he’s got the hardest miles of any 25 year old in the league. His value will never be higher than this moment.

  • February 26, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    As per Toews comments ,I`m sure management knows what it`s doing ??? This management team looks to me to not know it`s ass from a hole in the ground . If they can`t move at least 1 of the albatross contracts bogging this team down we will be in re build mode for the next few years .

  • February 26, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    WOW- SB made a great trade- IMO

    Actually – a good hockey trade- for Preds too…
    Nashville is ready to win now!!! They get a tweener/proven middle of the road young asset…

    Q/Hawks – get basically 3 Guys (2 picks/+ somewhat accomplished Euro/guy with SIZE)… So 3 chances to hit a “double” or better… Hartman’s upside – was somewhere near a “double”…

    Great move by SB– I am impressed… I like Ejdsell based on research from when hawks were chasing him… Hi-lites show great hands/puck protection (albeit versus SHL/and nobodies)… Not fast- but really uses length/size to protect puck and actually pretty nimble skater… Hilites – really compares to Jagr using his super long legs/ass to protect puck (just like Jagr)

    Ogie- Good call on the Pilut kid… are u hearing Hawks are chasing him?

    Did some research- Pilut’s dad is a Hockey coach-so probably ++ IQ, plays bigger than his size,,, stats wise- having a break out Offensive year

    Ejdsell– Might even give SB more options- I could really see this kid taking AA’s place in lineup… which allows team to get younger/stronger and more Cap $$$ to spend + any assets AA might be moved for

  • February 26, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Ogie like the way scouts talk about Pilut, little small but lots of upside. Say a number of teams will be after him.

  • February 26, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Old Toews is shitting twinkies knowing that Hartman is in the same division. Johnny boy’s head will need to be on a swivel in Nashville.

    I like the trade. Hartman was going to be an ongoing resident of the Q dog house and we received a late 1st rounder for him. As with Shaw, he was not and most likely will not be a top 6 forward.

    This better only be SB opening trade. He has more work to do. The only untouchables are Crow and Kaner. I would move Saad if the price was right or even close. Saad maybe young but he worked his way down the line up in Columbus and he has laid a turd in Chicago this year (expect for the first 2 weeks). And that is why he should be moved, in those first 2 weeks he skated hard, drove the net and worked in the corner. The issue is not physical, its between his ears and having the heart required to be top 6. Time for him to move on.

    In addition, the Hawks need some old vets to wave the NMC. The ones that remain need to buy into the rebuild. Captain please take note. (BIG PICTURE)

  • February 26, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Management can’t move the “albatross” contracts because no one wants them. Anisimov will never bring what some people seem to think he will. He’s overvalued and no team in their right mind will offer us anything more than a lower round pick. Why did SB sign him to that extension before he even played a game for us? Ask Stan.
    And Seabrook? I wish everyone would just stop beating on the guy and thinking someone out there would take him and assume that contract. The only way he goes is if we add a sweatener, like we did when we threw in TT to get rid of Bickell’s contract. Another dumb fuck move. Are we willing to throw in Schmaltz? DeBrincat? I think not. Seabrook will retire a Blackhawk, and if we make the right moves around him, he could have another ring or two before he goes.
    And Saad – ridiculous to me how everyone is giving up on him. He will bounce back, and we will be sorry fools if we trade him away.

  • February 26, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    35 minutes and ticking….. what about Wingels, a 7th Round pick would be fine, we all knew if they ever waived Bouma & him during the season they would go unclaimed.

    Let’s go Bowman, get it done.

    Sharp as well, that’s a proven playoff performer on the 4th line for someone, 7th round pick is fine as well.

  • February 26, 2018 at 1:31 pm


    If I’m SB I march 19 into the office and ask him when he is going to start playing to his 10.5 million contract otherwise shut the F**K up, and support the damn team. If guys like Toews and Hartman played better this trade doesn’t need to be made.

    A few weeks ago I was hoping the Hawks could land a 2nd rounder, well they landed a 1st which is essentially 2nd for Hartman, a 3rd of Kempny and player with some upside. I’m good with that. I’m confident Anisimov will be moved before the draft. If they can move Jurco that be awesome too!

  • February 26, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    to add… Highmore is pretty much same guy as Hartman… with more effort and can PK

  • February 26, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Good move. Enjoyed Hartman when he was engaged but to get a first, fourth and a a interesting big man in Edjsell.
    Go hawks!

  • February 26, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Southside…in all fairness Brayden Schenn said much the same with the trading of Stasny

  • February 26, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Would hate to see captain not miss guys who been big apart of this team the last 2 yrs. leaving. Thought his response in such a frustrating year was right on. Still gave management benefit of doubt, first time he dealt with this.

  • February 26, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    I still think it’s a great trade for the Hawks getting what they did. Buffalo got less for Kane

  • February 26, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    I like the return but will miss the ‘nasty’ as this team often lacks that-hopefully they can get one or two guys, that can play, with an edge.

  • February 26, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Wingels to Boston for a 5th

  • February 26, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Buffalo only gets 2nd and 5th for Kane if he doesn’t resign with Ducks.

  • February 26, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Poor haul for Evander Kane, Great haul for Thomas Tatar from the Wings (1st, 2nd & 3rd), but they couldn’t find a trade partner for Mike Green?

  • February 26, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Thank you

  • February 26, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    I knew who you meant

    So Goldenbladz and Jay Zawski is reporting a 5th for Wingels, that’s cool if that’s the case. SB has really shortened Q’s bench which is probably a good thing too!

  • February 26, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    @ Tony

    Certainly Saad is young and has shown potential. I remember the baby Hosa comparisons and he played like a bull the first 2 weeks. The question is why did it end. Why is he not grinding puck out of the corners, why is he not charging the net, where has the back check gone and limited net presence. It more like he does net fly byes. He has looked better lately.

    You also have to take into account his second year in Columbus. At the end he was not playing top 6 minutes and nor is he performing at top 6 in Chicago. He has the physical attributes, I think its lack of desire.

    So do you pay him another $6M to find out if he has a future with the Hawks or move him as part of the rebuild.

  • February 26, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Not bad returns for Hartman and Wingels and with those trades and Bouma going to Rockford it opens up spots for young guys to get playing time. Hope to see Hayden soon.

  • February 26, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    What’s not to like – that’s more than I thought Hartman would bring back. I’m surprised NSH coughed up a 1st and a solid prospect.

    I was hoping for. D man in any Hartman trade but Ejdsell with his size and age and experience could be a real nice fit here next year. Hartman didn’t endear himself to me or obviously Q with his schoolyard BS and stupid penalties.

    He’ll probably be useful in NSH but I’m very happy with the return.

  • February 26, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Wall – agree re:Highmore who is the biggest development surprise in the organization this year. High-end speed and according to the Rockford coach a very high compete level.

  • February 26, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    @southsidehawkman couldn’t agree more and was hoping they moved Saad & Anisimov & Keith. Could of done so much with 23 million. But SB don’t want to own up to Panarin disaster trade. Toews C stands for Cry baby underachieving over paid whiner. Who will spend 2 months losing faceoffs! SB didn’t do what was necessary to make this team watchable !

  • February 26, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Toews seemed a bit surprised (I’m not totally sure why) about Hartman being moved. I don’t necessarily have a problem with his answers to the questions posed to him. He did defer to upper management but also did provide praise to the departing player who apparently was enjoyed in the clubhouse.

    Frankly, I don’t mind today’s response as much as I did the love fest for Ladd when he came back for his short stint. Everyone was lined up to lick keester like there was no more keester left on earth to lick. That almost worked out but not quite. IMO, Ladd came back acting like he was too cool for school and didn’t live up to the hype.

    But that’s water under the bridge, so let’s keep moving Blackhawks. There can still be some players showcased for off season moves, although the number is limited. This trading deadline is not the end of the moves.

    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  • February 26, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Agree that Highmore might be for real-let’s hope we get two really good D-Men out of the 4 or 5 prospects that might be good in system/and or this years draft-patience will be needed–the drop off from Winnipeg, and Nashville to the Hawks has never been greater.

  • February 26, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    ” SB has really shortened Q’s bench” until Hayden comes back up and brings someone (Kero?) with him.

  • February 26, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I like what you guys are saying about Highmore.

    I liked 38. Overall we did really good in a sellers market.

    38, 6, 57 good deadline players
    for a
    1st, 3rd, 4th and a more established/close to nhl ready center prospect

    Good trade.

  • February 26, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Good points all. But when you ask, “why did it end?” that assumes that it has ended. I still believe it’s too early to make that call. This has been a weird year to reintroduce Saad back into the churning mix of our under-achieving team. I wonder if he expected Toews to help bridge the gap as much as Toews expected Saad to rescue him? Either way – or not – I think it’s worth another year at his cap hit to see if he can turn it around. He’s 24, and I have a gut feeling that he wants to fix this even more than we want him to.

  • February 26, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    With rosters expanding at midnight and cap space available they could probably recall about 5 from Rockford and still have room cap room for Sikura and maybe another ncaa player.

  • February 26, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Iceman, I believe we did get a 3rd rounder for Bollig straight up. As I recall we gave a 3rd and giving up Bollig allowed us to move up a couple slots…but I do like the value we got for Hartman.

    I was sure hoping we would make more moves. Perhaps some bigger ones will happen in the off season. Too many core players are now passengers.

  • February 26, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Anyone got the numbers on what player bonuses we needed to cover for last yr and this yr so we have 0 in player bonuses for 19 season to start. How much space do we need to keep for the rest of the 82 games in order to start 19 with 0 in player bonuses.

  • February 26, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Maybe Toews should look at his lines stats and where the Hawks?are positioned before he makes any comments. Hartman was never going to be a Shaw because of his inability to go to the front of the net. I don’t think Q and SB are on the same page regarding the personnel on this team. I will say this I’m glad Highmore got a call but if they don’t bring up Hayden there going to loose him mentally and if that’s the case why would Sikura want to sign here. I think SB got a great return for Hartman. Tab sorry I don’t agree with you never saw the big deal about Hartman. Hopefully we continue the rebuild on draft day!!

  • February 26, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Mo bonuses should be about 1.2m this year. You can’t use ltir space for them so they will carry over. Rutta has $425,000 in bonus but not sure he won’t get them. If he does be 1.6m range.

  • February 26, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Tremendous deal. Stan was able to get 2 second rounders for Andrew Shaw.

    He got a 1st, a solid prospect and got back in the 4th round in the draft for Shaw-lite. Wow !

    I am stunned SB was able to get a 1st rounder back ( granted it will be one of the final picks of the round). It might actually be in the same slot where Hartman was drafted in 2013, after the Hawks had won the Cup, 30th or 31st now, final pick.

    2 : 1st rounders
    2 : 3rd rounders
    and 4 other picks.

    That’s how you retool, via the draft.

  • February 26, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Last season I thought Hartman was a good replacement for Andrew Shaw. This year Hartman didn’t do as well, but who on the Blackhawks has? All in all, this isn’t a bad trade. A first round pick and a guy who sounds like a pretty good prospect.

  • February 26, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    We need to take 81 off ltir and bank space for those player bonuses. We didne ever add a good player with 81 cap space.

    I donot want to have any player bonuses on a transition yr were going to get a top 9 spot before draw especially when we didn’t use the cap space from not having 81 cap hit.

  • February 26, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    38 had a great rookie yr, so did 8 but not as good. Look at 8 now. 38 wasn’t as good. You swtich that and people feel a little different.

    8 still lots of upside and looking like a core dude for the 5 coming yrs. Cant wait to see 8 when he hits the start of hos prime yrs.

  • February 26, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Only Tatar and that Defenseman got more in return for Hartman. Wow, good job Bowman.

  • February 26, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Craig, BOS got better because of the three 1st they had (non where top 15 I think) and have 4 good young players. We could have 5 with 8, 12, JK, two 1st (which could be top higher with draw)(also trade up other 1st as well depending on whos there). That’s 5 really good young players, BOS got better with 4.

    Also a couple good scouting players and a couple 4 yrs college guys that are good.

    Were not done yet for retooling.

  • February 28, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Hartman scores game winner with minute left….only one game….

  • February 28, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    I like the old adage ,2 in the bag are better than 6 in the bush .

    We knew what we had in Hartman and Wingles ,.,.2 hard working ,go to the net ,get in the dirty areas and bang around players ,.,.,EVERY team needs them , how many of that type of guy do we have now ??? So we let them go because ,.,.,well those types of players are coveted by teams being run by people with a brain and both players had reasonable contracts that did not include handcuffs and baggage . Were they perfect ,.,.,NO but i think they both had a valuable role for cheap money .
    So ,now we get some needed draft pics ,.,.,and Q can play the yo -yo dog house game, fresh faces ,he`ll break-em in like a wild west rider or just break-em .
    Now Vivtor Ejdsell ,.,.never played on small ice surface , is playing in a league that shall we say is a little less hard hitting and rough and tumble ,.,.,he`s gonna be a difference maker ? Nashville has some pretty smart cookies working for them ,.,.if they thought Victor was the second coming of Mats Sundin they would have had him on their roster . Anyway ,i , like Toews is having a hard time seeing managements big picture here .

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