The Chicago Blackhawks traded forwards Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft plus a third-round pick in 2017.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The good news for the Blackhawks is they apparently didn’t have to pick up any portion of Bickell’s $4 million salary-cap hit for next season. It frees up significant cap space, allowing the ‘Hawks to absorb Artemi Panarin’s bonuses whilst providing room to re-sign forwards Andrew Shaw and Richard Panik.
The bad news is it also cost them the promising Teravainen, whom Hurricanes GM Ron Francis is understandably excited about adding to his roster.
Bickell might regain his lost scoring touch in Carolina, but the 21-year-old Teravainen is the real prize for the ‘Canes. He has Stanley Cup experience and the playmaking skills to become a top-six NHL forward. He’ll get plenty of opportunities to shine with the Hurricanes.
Ultimately, the Blackhawks paid a steep price for GM Stan Bowman’s largesse when he grossly overpaid Bickell following his strong showing in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. If Teravainen blossoms into a star with the Hurricanes, it could haunt the Hawks for years.