The Chicago Blackhawks traded forward Artem Anisimov to the Ottawa Senators for forward Zack Smith. The Blackhawks will save $1.3 million of cap space in the deal.
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Zack Smith Profile
Smith, 31, scored 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) and won 49.1 percent of his faceoffs in 70 games last season. Smith is a physical power forward that plays either center or left-wing.
The Senators drafted Smith in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Level Draft. During his time with the Senators, he scored 193 points (94 goals, 99 assists) and a 50.7 faceoff percentage in 612 games. In 45 Stanley Cup Playoff games, he scored nine points (two goals, seven assists).
There are two seasons left on his four-year, $3.25 million contract with a 10-team no-trade clause.
Anisimov, 31, scored 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 78 games with the Blackhawks last season. The Blackhawks acquired the Russian from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Brandon Saad in 2015. In his four seasons with the Blackhawks, he scored at least 15 goals and 31 points.
After being acquired by the Blackhawks, Anisimov signed a five-year extension that included a no-movement clause in his first two years, and a 10-team no-trade clause for the 2018-19 season. The Blackhawks paid Anisimov’s $2 million signing bonus and the no-trade clause expired, meaning that Ottawa will pay $4.55 million annual salary for the 2019-20 season.
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