LA Kings Acquire D Määttä From Blackhawks For F Morrison
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.: The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenseman Olli Mtt from the Chicago Blackhawks in a trade for minor league forward Brad Morrison.
The Kings announced the deal Sunday to acquire Mtt, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with Pittsburgh.
Mtt spent last season with the Blackhawks after six seasons with the Penguins. The Finnish blueliner had four goals and 13 assists in 65 games for Chicago before adding three goals and three assists in nine playoff games.
The trade clears salary cap space for the Blackhawks, who acquired Mtt in June 2019. Mtt has two years and more than $8 million left on his contract, and the Blackhawks were contemplating a buyout to create space for their offseason business after Mtt had a mildly disappointing regular season.
The Kings need every quality defensemen they can get to supplement their unimpressive group around Drew Doughty and up-and-coming Sean Walker.
Los Angeles has the No. 2 overall pick in the draft on Tuesday.
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