Personally, I think this is good for both teams. To every asshole on Twitter bitching about Maatta, remember when we got Dylan Strome and he’d only played in 48 NHL games over the course of 3 seasons, with only 7 goals and 9 assists. Yeah after being traded Strome has played in 58 games with the Hawks with 17 goals and 34 assists. Strome’s change of scenery changed his career so don’t start bitching about Maatta until you see him play. New let’s talk about the trade.
So first the Blackhawks. The Hawks are picking up 24 year-old defemseman Olli Maatta. Maatta has a $4,083,000 AAV and is signed through 2022. In his career Maatta has played in 362 NHL games with 25 goals, 82 assists, totaling to 107 points. Maatta has a +61 rating and averages 18:54 on the ice per game. Maatta was drafted 22nd overall in 2012 and has already won 2 Stanley Cups with the Penguins.
Maatta is a heavy hitter. He’s 6’2″, 206 LBS and he uses that weight well. In his career, Maatta has 565 blocked shots, 440 registered hits, and 65 takeaways. He definitely makes his presence on the ice known. Maatta doesn’t initiate a lot of hits but if you mess with him, he’ll get even. His biggest downfall is that he’s injury prone. This season, Maatta played in 60 games with 1 goal and 13 assists. He ended up being scratched in games 2-4 in the Islanders series in playoffs.
But a change of scenery can do wonders so don’t start shitting all over him yet Twitter. The Hawks need defense. Everyone is bitching about Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. Well now you’ve got some younger blood, give him a standing fucking chance. The Hawks still have $17,236,539 in Cap Space and the summer is just getting started.
Now the Penguins are getting Dominik Kahun, who I talked about a while back, a 23 year-old forward who had a stellar rookie season with the Hawks. Kahun is on the last year of his entry-level contract with a $925,000 cap hit and $3,775,000 AAV. This season Kahun played in all 82 games with 13 goals and 24 assists for 37 points. Kahun is a talented young guy and the Pens need some youth on their offense so this will be good for them. The Penguins also get a 5th round draft pick that the Blackhawks originally got from the Tampa Bay Lightning. The pick number is #151 overall.
Featured Image: Maatta: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports | Kahun: Chicago Tribune