Revisiting Chicago Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson's Moves During the 2023 Trade Deadline

Let's take a look back at the Blackhawks' busy 2023 Trade Deadline
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To Colorado: Jack Johnson
To Chicago: Andreas Englund

Davidson did Johnson a solid by dealing him back to Colorado, where he won the Cup the prior spring. The 6’3” defensive-minded Englund played 11 games in Chicago, got into one notable fight with Marcus Foligno, and promptly left town, signing with Los Angeles on July 1.

To Toronto: Jake McCabe (50% retained), Sam Lafferty, 2024 conditional fifth-round pick, 2025 conditional fifth-round pick
To Chicago: Joey Anderson, Pavel Gogolev, 2025 top 10 protected first-round pick, 2026 second-round pick

This was Davidson’s biggest trade in terms of return.

McCabe was solid in his nearly two-year tenure with the Blackhawks. His contract term and relatively low cap number made him a desirable trade target for contenders.

Lafferty revitalized his career in Chicago and endeared himself to fans with his speed and physicality. Joey Anderson fits coach Luke Richardson’s play style and has likely earned himself another contract in Chicago after this season, while Gogolev suited up in just one game for Rockford. It remains to be seen what the first and second-round picks will turn into, but Davidson’s draft history so far has been promising.

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