From Mirror, wire reports
CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks acquired Hollidaysburg forward Sam Lafferty in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday for forward Alex Nylander.
Lafferty is expected to join the waning Blackhawks in Arizona. Lafferty, 26, who signed this season with a salary cap of $ 750,000, has no goals and two assists in 10 games with the Penguins this season.
“I loved my time as a penguin,” Lafferty wrote to the Mirror on Wednesday night. “It was a dream come true to play for the team from my childhood and I made lifelong friendships.
“That being said, I’m very excited for another opportunity with Chicago. It’s an original six-person franchise with a ton of history and success. I look forward to helping the team in any way I can.
Lafferty, a Pittsburgh fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft, has six goals and 15 assists in 94 career NHL games. The Blackhawks announced Wednesday that Lafferty will be added to the active roster and wear the No.24 uniform.
Nylander spent this season with Rockford of the American Hockey League, recording eight goals and four assists in 23 games. He had 10 goals and 16 assists in 65 games for Chicago in the 2019-20 season, then missed last year with a left knee injury.
Nylander, 23, was selected by Buffalo with the No.8 pick in the 2016 draft. He was traded to Chicago in July 2019 for Henri Jokiharju, who has become a promising young defenseman for the Sabers.
Chicago, at 11-17-5 and seventh in the Central Division, has lost five straight games heading into tonight’s game against Arizona.
The Blackhawks have also announced that they have recalled Nicolas Beaudin from Rockford and assigned the defenseman to their taxi squad. Veteran striker Brett Connolly has been assigned to the Taxi squad from the active roster, and striker Kurtis Gabriel and defender Alec Regula have been reassigned to Rockford.