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Report: Blackhawks Trade Bickell, Teravainen to Hurricanes for Draft Picks

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Blackhaws Trade Bickell and Teravainen to Canes for Draft Picks

With the 2015-2016 season officially behind us, the NHL offseason has begun. And the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes kicked off the offseason with a trade. The Blackhawks traded forwards Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen to the Hurricanes for their 2nd round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a 3rd round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

The Blackhawks lose a very skilled young forward in Teravainen, but free up over $4 million in cap space from Bickell’s contract to give themselves flexibility in the offseason. With forward Andrew Shaw in need of a new contract, as well as multiple holes along on the offense and defense, general manager Stan Bowman has the ability to go in many different directions to get his team back to the Stanley Cup.

As for the Hurricanes, they take on the large cap hit for Bickell, but add another young cost controlled player in Teravainen as they retool their team. Since they have so much cap room, still almost $8 million after the deal, the Huurricanes are able to take on a contract like Bickell’s to acquire a talented young forward in Teravainen.

Teravainen, 21, is entering the final season of his entry level deal. Drafted in the 1st round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Teravainen has shown flashes of excellence on the Blackhawks, but struggled to find a consistent line and was moved around the Blackhawks lineup. After struggling in the regular season of his rookie year, Teravainen put up 10 points in 19 games during the playoffs, helping to lead the Blackahwks to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2015. Entering the 2015-2016 season, Teravainen looked to be receiving a big role in the Blackhawks lineup after the loss of  Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad, but was stuck on the third line for most of the season. He still managed to score 35 points and saw some time on the penalty kill, but didn’t seem to match the high expectations set by fans and the Blackhawks front office.

After an outstanding 2013 playoffs, where he scored 17 points in 23 games to help the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup, Bickell was rewarded with a 4 year, $16 million contract. Bickell struggled to live up to the contract, only racking up 28 points in the 2014 season, and then only 2 points in 25 games during the 2015 season, and spent most of the season with the teams AHL affiliate, the Rockford Ice Hogs.