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Chicago Blackhawks Trade Trevor Daley For Rob Scuderi

By Sean Fitzgerald

Nov 21, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor Daley (6) against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. Vancouver won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks announced a trade tonight. The Blackhawks have traded defenseman Trevor Daley to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Rob Scuderi. Scuderi 36, has recorded four assists and 32 blocked shots in 25 games, and he  is a +4 plus/minus rating this season. Scuderi is a two time Stanley Cup Champion in 2009 and 2012.  Scuderi also played on the penalty kill. He was fourth on the Penguins with 2:40 of average shorthanded ice time per game.

For his career, Scuderi has recorded 104 points (8 goals and 96 assists) in 745 regular season games. Scuderi has been in the league 12 years with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2003-09, 2013-15) and La Kings (2009-13). He has appeared 117 career post season games recorded 14 pointd (1 goal and 13 assists).

The Blackhawks sent the maligned Trevor Daley to Pittsburgh.  Daley came to the Blackhawks in the Patrick Sharp trade. After 29 games, the Daley acquisition did not work out. He was supposed to be the fourth defenseman and fill the void left by Johnny Oduya. Despite the promise Daley showed in Dallas, he never seemed to find his place on the Blackhawks.  Joel Quenneville and his coaching staff  seems to prefer consistent veteran defenseman, and Daley never gave the Blackhawks consistent play.

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Daley collected six assists through 29 games with the Blackhawks. He has notched 237 points (67 goals and 170 assists) in 785 regular season games. He spent the majority of his career  with the Dallas Stars before beign acquired by the Blackhawks. He appeared in 35 playoff games recording 7 points (4 goals and 3 assists). The acquistion of Daley for the Penguins makes sense because they are lacking offensive blue liners.

In addition to getting Scuderi the Blackhawks will be getting salary cap relief.

Many speculate that Blackhawks could be freeing up cap space to make another move this season. The Blackhawks can make a trade for another player or bring up a young defenseman from Rockford. Coach Quenneville seemed to like Viktor Svedberg and Erik Gustafsson.  The Blackhawks could also send Scuderi to the AHL for addition cap space.

The Blackhawks resume play tomorrow night against the Colorado Avalanche at 7:30pm.