The Chicago Blackhawks Thursday acquired forward Jiri Sekac from the Anaheim Ducks, sending left wing Ryan Garbutt the other way.
Sekac, 23, has racked up just three points in 22 games this season, though is expected to provide more penalty kill and lower line defensive options for coach Joel Quenneville.
Garbutt was acquired as part of the Patrick Sharp deal with Dallas over the summer. Trevor Daley, the other player acquired from the Stars in that trade, was sent to Pittsburgh for defender Rob Scuderi in December.
The Hawks were only on the hook for $900,000 of the 30-year-old Garbutt’s salary this year, though his total figure counted as $1.8 million against the cap. Dallas was picking up the remaining $900,000.
Sekac’s $925,000 cap number will free up some money for GM Stan Bowman to look for more moves ahead of the Feb. 29 trade deadline.
Sekac, who was acquired by Anaheim from the Canadiens just last February, will enter restricted free agency this summer.