Panthers, Blackhawks involved in 5-player trade

The Florida Panthers acquired forward Lucas Wallmark and defenseman Lucas Carlsson from the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday in exchange for forwards Brett Connolly and Henrik Borgstrom, defenseman Riley Stillman and a seventh-round draft pick.

Wallmark, 25, recorded three points -- all assists -- in 16 games with the Blackhawks this season after scoring and setting up a goal in seven games with the Panthers in 2019-20. He has 59 points (23 goals, 36 assists) in 183 career games with Carolina Hurricanes, Panthers and Blackhawks.

Carlsson, 23, has one assist in 12 games with Chicago in 2020-21 and three points (one goal, two assists) in seven games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is optimistic about the new players coming to Chicago.

"We are receiving a very exciting, young player with a bright future in Henrik Borgstrom," Bowman said. "He is a high-end talent and we think he has the ability to be a big-time player for us. We also add to our forward depth with an experienced veteran in Brett Connolly and a physical defenseman in Riley Stillman. Connolly is a proven goal scorer and adds some versatility to our front line while Stillman is a young, physical defenseman whose aggressive style brings a different element to our defense."

Connolly, 28, has four points (two goals, two assists) in 21 games this season. He posted career-best totals in goals (22), assists (24) and points (46) with the Washington Capitals in 2018-19.

Borgstrom, 23, has 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 27 games with HIFK Helsinki in Finland. He was selected 23rd overall by the Panthers in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Stillman, 23, has five points -- all assists -- in 43 career games with the Panthers. He has been held off the scoresheet in all eight games he has played this season.

--Field Level Media

04/08/2021 18:01

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