The Tampa Bay Lightning are not being complacent and appear to be making a push toward the postseason and for the future. On Friday, the Lightning made a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks to acquire forward Brandon Hagel. In exchange, Tampa Bay is sending future first-round picks, a pair of fourth-round picks, Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk to the Blackhawks, according to The Athletic’s Scott Powers.
A source confirms the Blackhawks are sending Brandon Hagel, a 4th-round pick in 2022 and a 4th-round pick in 2024 to Tampa Bay for a 1st in 2023, a 1st in 2024, Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk. Deal is still waiting to go through the league.
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Hagel is a young winger, at 23 years old. He is on the first year of a three-year deal with a cap hit of $1.5 million this year. Hagel is set to become a restricted free agent after the 2023-2024 season, so the Lightning have his rights for some time. That’s a great position to be in.
The young winger has 37 points in 55 games played this season for the Blackhawks, including 21 goals. He has become somewhat of a fan favorite among Chicago fans. The team is mostly filled with aging veterans, so this is a confusing move from the Blackhawks perspective as the forward looked like he could have a promising future for the rebuilding Blackhawks.
The trade will however add some scoring depth to Tampa Bay. Hagel will likely slide into the third line for the Lightning. Tampa Bay is looking to become the first team since the New York Islanders in the early 1980’s to win at least three straight Stanley Cup championships. The Islanders ended up winning four in a row.
In return, Chicago lands first-round draft picks in 2023 and 2024, as well as fourth-rounders this year and next year. They also acquire Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk, both of whom are very young and Chicago hopes can help build a future with.