Three Things to like From trade of Olli Maatta

Pittsburgh Receives: Forward Dominik Kahun, 2019 5th Rd Pick
Chicago Receives: Olli Maatta

Trade Buzz: The Olli Maatta era is over in Pittsburgh. A Maatta trade by the draft has always been an expected Development and the Penguins tonight have traded Maatta to the Chicago Blackhawks in-exchange for forward Dominik Kahun and a 2019 5th pick.

The Penguins in the deal get a cap savings of $3.158 million with the trade of Maatta to Chicago and add a skilled young player on a cheap contract to their bottom-6. Kahun who can play all three forward positions, had 13 and 24 assists in 82 games for the Blackhawks in 2018-2019. The 23 year old on an entry level contract carries a $925,000 cap hit for one more season.

What’s enticing with Kahun is the $925K cap hit and there’s a bit of upside as he can make skilled plays, especially in the playmaking department. Pittsburgh also adds some speed to the forward group.

Three things to like from Pittsburgh’s end with this deal is the:

1. cap savings
2. Depth scoring/cheap labor
3. Speed

“Dominik had a great rookie season with the Blackhawks. He is a speedy, versatile player capable of playing all three forward positions. He also saw time on Chicago’s power-play and penalty killing units.” — Penguins GM Jim Rutherford via press release[/hide]