NHL Trades: Breaking Down the Blackhawks and Panthers’ Five-Player Exchange

February 10th, 2011 by Jon Fromi Leave a reply »
The Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers completed a five-player exchange Wednesday afternoon.  The Hawks sent winger Jack Skille along with minor-leaguers Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan to Florida for forward Michael Frolik and goalie prospect Alexander Salak.

The Hawks finalized the deal late in the day and informed Skille during the Hawks warm up before their game at Edmonton.  Chicago had been expected to make a deal as they find themselves in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference playoff chase.  Frolik should be joining Chicago for their game in Dallas Friday night.

At the heart of this deal is the exchange of two former first-round picks who have found themselves playing fourth-line minutes for their respective clubs.  How does this deal break down for the parties involved?  Let's take a look.

What The Hawks Get

Chicago receives Frolik, a 22-year old from the Czech Republic who has eight goals and 21 assists in 52 games with the Panthers this season.  Frolik is in his third season with Florida and netted 21 goals in both his previous seasons.  He ...

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