Baun signed with the Blackhawks as a college free agent out of Colgate, and after an impressive junior year, the Blackhawks won Baun services from several other teams including the Red Wings. In 2014-15, Baun had a three game audition with the team, and he played pretty well that in the following season he was penciled in on the third line with the Hawks.
His leash in 2015-16 was very short, he appeared in 2 games before being sent to Rockford, and unfortunately he sustained an arm injury and missed out of the season.
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Last year, He had his fully healthy season in the AHL. He put up solid numbers and some believed he was gaining momentum within the Chicago Blackhawks organization.
During his tenure with the Hawks, he appeared in 5 NHL games with no goals or assists and was a -3.
Meet Andreas Martinsen
In return for Baun, the Hawks received 27 year old, Andrea Martinsen, he plays the left wing and has a left handed shot. He is listed at 6’0 229 lbs. He was an undrafted free agent signed by the Colorado Avalanche in 2015. Martinsen played in the DEL before joining the Avs.
Martinsen comes to the Blackhawks organization with some NHL experience, appearing in 119 games scoring 7 goals and recording 11 assists. Martinsen appeared in 9 games with Habs last season. He is currently on a 1-year contract worth $640,000.
This move is a change of scenery for both players. The Blackhawks knew what they had in Baun and figured him playing the Icehogs one more year would not do him any good, so they give him a chance to play for an organization that has not seen him play recently.
The move also makes room for recently waived Tomas Jurco with Jurco planning on reporting to the Rockford Icehogs. That is until hopefully Bowman finds a taker for Jurco.
A minor deal before the season kicks off tomorrow!