Chicago Blackhawks win big with Carl Soderberg trade

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The Chicago Blackhawks have been one of the most active teams in the National Hockey League on trade deadline day 2021. It was assumed that a few guys would be traded away as they are on expiring contracts. They also made a few trades to acquire youngsters that came out of nowhere. Carl Soderberg was one of the old guys on an expiring deal that was expected to be traded and he sure was. The Hawks sent him to the Colorado Avalanche in a deal that they should feel great about.

The Chicago Blackhawks did well with their handling of Carl Soderberg.

When Kirby Dach went down with an injury during the 2020-21 World Junior Classic, the Hawks made the strange decision to replace him with Carl Soderberg. There were plenty of other options to use that were far younger but Soderberg ended up being a good idea. He played well with them so they were allowed to flip him at the deadline.

He ended his Blackhawks tenure with seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 24 games. That is really nice production for a 34-year-old fourth liner. That made a legit Stanley Cup contender like the Colorado Avalanche want to have e him as a depth forward. He isn’t going to move the needle for them or anything like that but he will be a sum of a greater part.

The two players coming back are Ryder Rolston and Josh Dickinson. Rolston is a 19-year-old forward that currently plays college hockey at the University of Notre Dame. He previously played in the USHL with the Waterloo Blackhawks and also spent time with the United States National Development program. The Avalanche drafted him in the fifth round of the 2020 NHL Draft.

Dickinson is a 23-year-old forward that has spent the last few seasons splitting time between the AHL and ECHL. He played one year of college hockey during the 2017-18 season with Clarkson University.

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Getting two younger players that they will try to develop more (especially Rolson) is a very good use of the trade deadline for the Chicago Blackhawks. Signing Soderberg wasn’t a popular move in the first place and now they have some more youth in the organization as a result. This is proof of the saying “patience is a virtue”. Hopefully, it all works out for them in the end.