The Chicago Blackhawks continued their selling spree at the trade deadline on Monday, sending forward Ryan Carpenter to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2024 draft.
Carpenter is a fourth-liner with little offensive upside at this stage in his career, with the 31-year-old having racked up a mere 11 points in 59 games with the moribund Blackhawks this season.
Carpenter does not project to bring much to the Flames' lineup other than increased forward depth as the team heads into the playoffs. The Florida native has averaged a little under 13 minutes per night with the Blackhawks this year, almost all of which are defensive-focused, with Carpenter starting just 23.5 percent of his shifts to this point in the offensive zone.
Of course, the rigors of a seven-game playoff series lead to injuries and other ailments that cause players to miss games. When locked in a heated matchup with a divisional rival, a player like Carpenter, who can be fed a heavy serving of defensive zone starts and tough assignments, as a fill-in candidate could be a very helpful insurance policy.
And for the price of just a fifth-round pick in a draft two years from now, it certainly doesn't hurt.
With Carpenter on the final year of his contract and set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer, he's likely a pure rental for the Flames. Which, given their success this season and the fact that Carpenter won't play a major role, is likely more than fine with their management.