JOHNSSON TO THE WINDY CITY
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired defensemen Kim Johnsson and Nick Leddy from the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Cam Barker.
What does it give the Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks get a more experienced puck-moving defenseman in Johnsson, and a solid long-term prospect in Leddy. They also get salary-cap relief next year, since Johnsson is scheduled to become a UFA. He will not likely be re-signed by the 'Hawks.
What does it give the Minnesota Wild
In Barker, the Wild land a younger defenseman than Johnsson--and one with considerably more all-around upside. He's been inconsistent, but his potential is high. Still, Minnesotans may not be happy about losing local product Leddy.