Blackhawks and Senators swapped veteran forwards that both wear no. 15 on Tuesday, with Artem Anisimov heading to Ottawa while Zack Smith makes his way to Chicago.
Smith, 31, had 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) with a 44.6 Corsi For rating at even strength and won 49.1 percent of his faceoffs last season in 70 games. He plays a heavy forward as a center forward or forward wing.
The 2008 third-round pick has 193 points (94 goals, 99 assists) and a 50.7 faceoff percentage in 612 NHL games, all with the Senators, and nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 45 playoff games. He has two seasons left on his four-year contract worth $ 3,250,000 with a 1
Smith will see a familiar face in Chicago with assistant Marc Crawford, who was an associate head coach for three seasons with Ottawa and interim coach in March before joining Chicago as an assistant
Anisimov scored at least 15 goals and 31 points in four seasons with the Blackhawks after he was acquired in June 2015 when the Blackhawks sent Brandon Saad to the Blue Jackets. Anisimov eclipsed the 20-goal and 40-point marks at his first two seasons with the Blackhawks while playing with wingers Artemi Panarin and Patrick Kane, but saw his offensive production dip Panarin was dealt to Columbus.
Anisimov, also 31, signed in five-year extension with Chicago the day after he was acquired, including two years of a no-movement clause and a modified no-trade clause of 10 teams he could be traded to for the 2018-19 season. Once the Blackhawks paid out their $ 2 million signing bonuses and the NTC expired, Anisimov and his $ 4.55 million annual salary cap were traded to Ottawa.
Chicago saves $ 1.3 million in cap space with the move, which they can use to re -sign winger Brendan Perlini
General manager Stan Bowman has been busy this offseason making multiple changes after a second straight season without making the playoffs. Bowman acquired defenses Olli Maatta and Calvin de Haan in trades to upgrade the blue line and signed forward Ryan Carpenter and goaltender Robin Lehner in free agency
Bowman also traded blue liner Henri Jokiharju to the Sabers for winger Alexander Nylander, in a swap involving two forms first-round picks.