The Chicago Blackhawks made a trade this afternoon, sending d-man Brandon Manning to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for left-winger Drake Caggiula and d-man Jason Garrison. The Blackhawks will also send d-man Robin Norell to the Oilers as part of the trade.
Manning signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Blackhawks this summer. He donned the Indian Head in 27 games, notching a goal two assists, averaging 15:28 of ice time. Manning has a little bit of history with the Oilers. Two years ago, while playing for the Philadelphia Flyers, broke Connor McDavid’s collar bone in a hit. McDavid, who was then in the middle of his rookie season, was out for three months. It was widely believed back then that the hit, and the ensuing injury, cost McDavid the Calder Trophy, awarded to the year’s best rookie.
Norell is a fourth-round selection of the Blackhawks during the 2013 NHL Draft. After playing three seasons with the Rockford Ice Hogs, he was loaned by Chicago to Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Hockey League. He tallied 16 points (3 G, 13 A) in 136 games with the Ice Hogs.
Caggiula, 24, is in his third season with Edmonton. So far, he has tallied 7 G and 4 A in 29 games. Caggiula was a stand-out during his college career, leading the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks to a Frozen Four title back in 2016. He is in the first year of a $3 million contract. He will be a UFA after the 2019-2020 season. Caggiula is widely believed to be the key piece of this deal, having spent some time in McDavid’s wing while playing in Edmonton. He has the makings of benefitting from one the “change of scenery” that the trade affords him.
Garrison, 34, has one goal in 17 contests with Edmonton this season. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. With Henri Jokiharju set to return to the lineup after the culmination of the 2019 World Junior Championships, I will not be surprised if Garrison hits the waiver wire soon.