Blackhawks acquire Zack Smith from Senators for Artem Anisimov

Blackhawks acquire Zack Smith from Senators for Artem Anisimov

Blackhawks acquire Zack Smith from Senators for Artem Anisimov

The Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators have completed a trade involving two veteran overpriced forwards, and for strictly financial reasons.

The Blackhawks have traded one forward for another.

Anisimov and Smith and both signed through the 2020-21 season with their contracts carrying an average annual value of $4.55 million and $3.25 million, respectively. He has two seasons remaining on a four-year contract he signed with Ottawa on January 23, 2017.

Smith, 31, played 70 games last season for the Senators scoring nine goals and adding a career-high 19 assists. He played parts of 11 seasons in Ottawa but his best year came in 2015-16 when he scored 25 goals and added 11 assists en route to a career-best 36-point season.

Selected by Ottawa in the third round (No. 79) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Smith has 193 points (94 goals, 99 assists) in 612 games, all with the Senators, and nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 45 playoff games.

Smith joins Robin Lehner, Andrew Shaw, Calvin De Haan, Olli Maatta and Alexander Nylander in Chicago after a busy summer for Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman.

So while the Senators might be getting the more productive player historically, they are still clearing out some cap space as they continue to go through what is going to be a lengthy rebuild.

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