Published Monday, April 12, 2021 | 10:28 a.m.
Updated 58 minutes ago
The Golden Knights wanted some help on the third line, and they got it on Monday.
Hours ahead of the NHL trade deadline, the Golden Knights acquired forward Mattias Janmark and a 2022 fifth-round pick from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick and a 2022 third-round pick, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. In order to make the cap situation work, it was a three-team deal with the Sharks where San Jose retained salary, according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.
Janmark, a 28-year-old Swedish native, had 10 goals and 19 points in 41 games with Chicago this season. He played on the Blackhawks’ power play and penalty kill and figures to slot onto Vegas’ third-line left wing. He is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Janmark carried a $2.25 million cap hit, which wouldn’t have fit under Vegas’ cap in a normal swap. Instead, the Golden Knights used the Sharks as a broker to help offset his cap hit, sending them a 2022 fifth-round pick.
It’s the second year in a row Vegas swung a deal with Chicago at the trade deadline, after acquiring goalie Robin Lehner last season.
It is also the fourth consecutive trade deadline that the Golden Knights acquired a player for a second-round pick or higher. The last three years, they made deadline deals for Tomas Tatar (2018), Mark Stone (2019) and Lehner (2020).
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