Blackhawks Acquire Brett Connolly's Contract, Henrik Borgstrom From Florida

Blackhawks make five-player trade with Florida originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Blackhawks have acquired forward Brett Connolly, defenseman Riley Stillman, forward prospect Henrik Borgstrom and a seventh-round pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Lucas Wallmark and defenseman Lucas Carlsson, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported Thursday.

Connolly, 28, has four points (two goals, two assists) in 22 games this season. His contract carries a $3.5 million cap hit and expires at the end of the 2022-23 season.

Stillman, 23, has appeared in only eight games this season and is averaging 10:43 of ice time. He's set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season and has a cap hit of $773,333.

Borgstrom, 23, has 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 27 games for HIFK of Liiga, which is Finland's top league. He was drafted No. 23 overall in 2016 and racked up 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 58 games across three seasons from 2017-20 for the Panthers before heading back to Europe.

The Blackhawks had north of $20 million in cap space and used it to take on Connolly's contract while receiving potential future assets in Borgstrom, Stillman and a draft pick, and did so without giving up much in return. The motivation for the Panthers was to free up cap space and they did that by clearing more than $3.5 million from their books.

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