The Blackhawks have traded Ryan Carpenter to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2024. It was Chicago's last deal of trade deadline day.
Carpenter, 31, has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 59 games for the Blackhawks this season. More notably, he ranked third on the team in hits (123) and first among forwards in ice time on the penalty kill (128:14).
Carpenter is in the final year of a three-year contract that carries a $1 million cap hit and likely wasn't going to be back after this season, so the Blackhawks were wise in trading him even though the return wasn't much.
Carpenter is a nice depth piece for a Stanley Cup contender like the Flames, who are as deep as anyone in the league. He can win faceoffs, kill penalties and isn't afraid to get physical or go to the dirty areas.
The Blackhawks are now slated to have 17 picks in the 2023 and 2024 NHL Drafts combined.