Blackhawks deal Kahun, pick for Olli Maatta

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    John Jaeckel
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    Following on a rumor reported last week by Scott Powers of The Athletic—that had the Blackhawks in discussion with Columbus about trading for the righ
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    #13735
    Mister Ricochet
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    Context is needed. Maatta a 4th/5th Dman on most teams is a significant add on this Hawks team and they did not give up a top 6, top prospect or high draft pick. I see it as chipping away at one of many holes……. I ask is the D better today (not is it good) than yesterday and I say it is.

    But I was hoping to leverage their cap space and get a lopsided deal like the Hawks were on the wrong side of while in cap hell. PIT was one of those cap strapped clubs, would have liked to get the pick instead of giving one.

    #13736
    DK002
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    Hey JJ nice write up as always.
    Can’t say I’m overly thrilled with the pickup. Based on the Pens reaction you’d think they just won the lottery. 4 mil cap hit for three more seasons and I keep seeing injury prone and slow. Not to mention he was benched for three of the games against Columbus this spring where the Pens were swept. And if he’s slotting as a #5 that’s a lot of bread. Positives 9th in shot blocks when healthy.

    You gave up a solid kid in Kahun and a pick…too much with the Pens in cap purgatory.

    And while I agree with Mr. R that you’re starting to chip away at one of many holes on this team, one can only hope Bowman has bigger plans for the defense which he ignored last offseason unless you want to count the Brandon Manning signing…yikes. I’d rather that 4 mil be spent towards a top end UFA on the back end.

    Meanwhile center is certainly a sore spot. One only needs to look south to St. Louis to see what added center depth helps your team accomplish. We can only hope there’s 10 to 12 more moves coming.

    #13737
    Ken Silverman
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    Excellent piece! Do you think this acquisition will play into their decision about drafting Byrum vs. Turcotte (or another F/C) in the upcoming draft. Also, what are your thoughts on the “abundance” of D-men on the roster and in the pipeline. Who is ripe for movement.

    #13738
    Mister Ricochet
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    DK, look at how damn thin the UFA defenseman are this yr: https://www.capfriendly.com/browse/free-agents/2020/caphit/all/defense/ufa

    Man that is a scary group of landmines and some desperate GM’s are gonna over pay for a few of those guys. ……….. Any way you slice it Maatta is an upgrade. How much so we’ll soon find out.

    What’s the Hawk’s window is always my question. The 3rd overall and Gus for Trouba, Roslovic, Morrisey and try and do a STL next yr? Draft Byram or Turcotte and hope they help 33 yr old Kane, 34 yr old Toews, 37 yr old Keith and 36 yr old Seabs get over the top in 2-3 yrs?

    #13739
    Phil M
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    Pens fans are acting like Kahun is the second coming of Lemieux in this trade. Kahun is a good bottom 6 player that can occasionally jump in a top 6 role, but the Hawks have plenty of them and not many defensemen that play defense. The salary is high for Maatta, but it’s not Kevin Hayes excessive.

    Scary thing is it might actually be a better price tag than what the FA market can provide.

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