By Jim Hagerty
CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks managed to move forward Tommy Wingels to the Boston Bruins Monday in a last-minute deal before the 2017-18 trade deadline.
Chicago will get the fifth-round pick they gave up in the Ryan Hartman trade earlier in the day in exchange for Wingels, who’s in a one-year, $750,000 contract and hasn’t been a factor for the Hawks this season.
A third- or fourth-line forward, Wingels, 29, is expected to add depth for Bruins, who are in a better position (third in the Atlantic Division) to make the playoffs than the Blackhawks, the last-place team in the Central.
Boston won’t be looking upon Wingels for points, however. He has seven goals and five assists in 57 games with Chicago this season. He’s logged a total of 60 goals and 78 helpers in 430 games with San Jose, Ottawa and the Hawks.
The Wingels deal could make way for John Hayden, assigned to Rockford Jan. 8, or guys like Matthew Highmore, who’s got 21 goals for the IceHogs as a rookie.
The trade is the third for the Blackhawks since General Manager Stan Bowman announced that the club would be sellers rather than buyers ahead of Monday’s deadline. The Hawks moved IceHogs defenseman Ville Pokka to the Senators Feb. 15 and shipped Hartman to Nashville this morning. R.