On Thursday afternoon, the Florida Panthers acquired Lucas Carlsson and Lucas Wallmark from Chicago. In return, the Blackhawks received Brett Connolly, Henrik Borgstrom, Riley Stillman and a 2021 7th Rounder.
Chicago received Brett Connolly, who is a 10-year veteran in the NHL. Connolly won the Stanley Cup with the Capitals in 2018, and has four points in 21 games this season with Florida. His contract carries a $3.5 million cap hit and expires at the end of the 2022-23 season.
23-year-old Henrik Borgstrom is also on his way to Chicago. The 23rd overall draft pick in 2016 has 11 goals and eight assists in 27 games for HIFK in the Finnish Elite League.
“We are receiving a very exciting, young player with a bright future in Henrik Borgstrom,” Blackhawks president of hockey operations and general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement.
The final player en route to the Windy City is Riley Stillman. Stillman has spent the majority of the 2020-21 season flipping between the AHL, NHL and Taxi Squad. But at the NHL level, Stillman has appeared in eight games for the Panthers (two goals, two assists). Stillman’s set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season and has a cap hit of $773,333.
The final piece heading to Chicago is a 2021 7th round pick. Florida will now have seven picks in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
Lucas Wallmark, 25, will make his return to the Sunshine State. Last year, Wallmark joined the Panthers via the Vincent Trocheck trade. Florida lost him to free agency last offseason, but he will now suit back up in a Panthers uniform. Last season, Lucas had two points in seven games with Florida. But to this point of the season, Wallmark has had a down year, with only three points (all assists) in 16 games.
Lucas Carlsson, the second piece heading to Florida, is a 23-year-old defenseman. Carlsson 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.