The Chicago Blackhawks continue to load up ahead of Monday’s trade deadline.
In a deal with the Montreal, Chicago acquired Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann. In exchange, the Canadiens receive prospect Phillip Danault and a second-round pick at the 2018 NHL draft.
Weise and Fleischmann are on expiring contracts and set to become unrestricted free agents this summer.
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Habs will retain 30 percent of Weise’s salary.
The deal leaves Chicago with very little cap space to work with moving forward.
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Danault, the Blackhawks first-round selection at the 2011 NHL draft, scored one goal and four assists in 30 games with Chicago this season. He also registered a goal and an assist in in six AHL games with Rockford.
The 23-year-old is no stranger to Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
“Phillip Danault is a young and gifted player who will be part of our core group of young forwards for many years to come,” Bergevin said in a statement. “I am very pleased to have him join our organization. As a member of the Blackhawks management group, I was instrumental in the selection of Phillip in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
“Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann have both been good contributors to our team and I would like to wish them the best of luck with the Blackhawks’ organization,” said Marc Bergevin.
Weise, 27, has a career-high 14 goals, and 12 assists in 56 games this season while Fleischmann has 10 goals and 20 points in 57 games.
The deal with the Habs is just the latest by Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman.
On Friday afternoon Chicago swapped defensemen with the L.A. Kings acquiring Christian Ehrhoff from the Kings in exchange for Rob Scuderi.
On Thursday he struck a deal with the Winnipeg Jets acquiring Andrew Ladd.
Following the trade, the Habs recalled forward Michael McCarron and defenseman Morgan Ellis from the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps.