The Chicago Blackhawks have traded forwards Kris Versteeg, Joakim Nordstrom and a 2017 third-round pick to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defensemen Dennis Robertson, Jake Massie and a fifth-round pick in 2017. 

Kris Versteeg dealt from Chicago to Carolina in a multi-player deal.

Kris Versteeg dealt from Chicago to Carolina in a multi-player deal.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: And with that move, the Chicago Blackhawks have freed up sufficient salary-cap space to re-sign restricted free agent center Marcus Kruger.

The Hurricanes add the Blackhawks’ share of Versteeg’s salary for 2015-16 ($2.2 million, with the other half carried by the Florida Panthers) and Nordstrom’s $605K at the NHL level (he’s on a one-year, two-way deal). Robertson is on a one-year, two-way deal worth $575K at the NHL level and is likely headed to the ‘Hawks minor-league affiliate, while Massie is a prospect who’s not yet under contract.

For the Hurricanes, this deals provides them with two experienced players to bolster their forward depth. Versteeg’s struggled to regain his offensive form following a serious knee injury in 2013. Perhaps a move to a club where he could receive more playing time will help him. Nordstrom, 23, is a versatile two-way forward who appeared in 54 NHL games with the Blackhawks over the past two seasons. 

**UPDATE** The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed Marcus Kruger to a one-year deal.