The Chicago Blackhawks made a couple of huge splashes during the 2021 offseason!

Blackhawks Trade Duncan Keith

On July 12, 2021, the Chicago Blackhawks traded longtime legend Defenseman Duncan Keith to the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Caleb Jones who is the brother of Seth Jones.

On the day of the NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks landed Seth Jones, along with a 2021 first-round pick (32nd overall) and a 2022 sixth-round pick from Columbus, in exchange for defenseman Adam Boqvist, Chicago’s 2021 first-round pick (12th overall), a 2021 second-round pick and its 2022 first-round pick. Seth Jones also inked an eight-year extension with the Blackhawks.

Blackhawks Trade Brent Seabrook

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Another splash came from the Blackhawks as they traded another Blackhawks legend, Brent Seabrook. Chicago traded his contract rights to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Tyler Johnson.

Chicago signed another defenseman who is an Unrestricted Free Agent, Jake McCabe, from the Buffalo Sabres on a four-year deal at a four million salary cap hit. The Hawks also signed a center from the Edmonton Oilers Jujhar Khaira on a two-year deal on a $975,000 cap hit.

Blackhawks Trade for Marc-André Fleury

A third wave came from the Blackhawks as this was also surprising that Chicago made a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights involving Marc-André Fleury. Chicago traded for the legendary goaltender who has won three Stanley Cups and a Vezina Trophy throughout his career. This is a great move for the Hawks because, in some circumstances, younger goaltenders take time to develop in the National Hockey League.

With Marc-André Fleury being the starting goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks, it will elevate Kevin Lankinen and Malcolm Subban between the pipes; it could also potentially elevate them to a new level in their careers.

With younger defensemen in the National Hockey League, they also develop, and the experience is different for everyone. As the saying goes, patience is a virtue.
With the Chicago Blackhawks making these recent moves, they’ve gone from rebuilding to possible contending teams.

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