The Vancouver Canucks have made a trade with their long-time rivals Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. The Canucks have acquired centre Tanner Kero from the Hawks in exchange for centre Michael Chaput.
The 25-year-old Kero split last season between the Blackhawks and the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs. He managed to record a goal and two assists in eight games with Chicago and tallied eight goals and 12 assists in 36 games with Rockford.
So far, the player from Michigan has appeared in 72 career NHL games. Kero previously played for the Michigan Tech Huskies, where he played in 153 games and had 55 goals with 56 assists.
The 26-year-old Chaput did not manage to write his name on the scoresheet in nine games with Vancouver last season. He also played 55 games with the Canucks’ AHL affiliate in Utica, N.Y., putting up 17 goals and 25 assists.
So far in his career, Chaput has registered six goals and 11 assists through 135 career NHL games between Columbus and Vancouver.
In the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2011-12, Chaput won the Memorial Cup title and Memorial Cup Most Valuable Player as a Shawinigan Cataractes player.
This is another player for player trade that catches the attention this weekend. Yesterday on the second day of the draft got very interesting as five players were part of a monster trade.
The Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes are reportedly finalizing a blockbuster deal which sends defenseman Dougie Hamilton, forward Micheal Ferland and young prospect Adam Fox in return for defenseman Noah Hanifin and forward Elias Lindholm.
As the draft weekend wrapped up in the National Hockey League, the Montreal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers also decided to complete a trade later on Saturday afternoon.
The Oilers acquired netminder Hayden Hawkey from the Canadiens in return for a fifth round pick at next year's draft. However to the statistics offered by the Edmonton social media team, Hawkey went 24-12-3 with a 2.04 GAA and .919 save percentage as a junior with Providence College Men hockey team in 2017-18.
The focus has been on most of the pending free agents at the moment in the NHL, however, Chaput and Kero's transaction reminds us that there is a lot of action happening on the trade market as well.