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Blackhawks trade Gustafsson, Lehner

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD – The Chicago Blackhawks made three roster moves before Monday’s 2 p.m. NHL trade deadline.

The fist trade sends Erik Gustafsson  to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Gustafsson recorded 26 points (6G, 20A) in 59 games with the Blackhawks this season. In 214 career games with Chicago, the defenseman tallied 116 points (28G, 88A). Gustafsson also skated with the Rockford IceHogs during his time with organization. 

Lehner Knighted

Not even a year after the Blackhawks signed Robin Lehner as their apparent starting goaltender of the future, he’s no longer with the club. Chicago shipped the 28-year-old to the Vegas Golden Knights Monday in a three-way deal with Toronto.

In exchange for Lehner, Blackhawks will receive goaltender Malcom Subban, defenseman prospect Slava Demin and a 2020 second-round draft pick.

Brennan’s Back

Defenseman T.J. Brennan will  be back with the Blackhawks organization for a second stint, after being acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Nathan Noel.

Brennan has an AAV of $675,000 and is signed through the 2019-2020 season. He will report to the Rockford IceHogs. He has appeared in 28 contests with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League this season, recording one goal and seven assists.

Brennan has skated in 230 games with the Phantoms since 2016, recording 156 points (44G, 112A). In 673 career AHL games, the Moorestown, New Jersey native has tallied 475 points (157G, 318A) with Lehigh, Toronto, Rockford, Rochester and Portland.

Originally drafted in the second round (31st overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft by Buffalo, Brennan has appeared in 53 career NHL games with Buffalo, Toronto and Florida, notching five goals and eight assists. He set career highs in games played (29), goals (3), assists (7) and points (10) during the 2012-13 season with Buffalo and Florida.

Noel was drafted in the fourth round (113th overall) by the Blackhawks of the 2016 NHL Draft. He’s recorded six goals and 11 assists with the Indy Fuel of the ECHL and skated in eight games with Rockford this season.

This story has been updated.

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