Canucks trade Gaudette to Blackhawks for Highmore

The panel discusses Adam Gaudette’s move from the Canucks to the Blackhawks, giving him more room to make an impact in the lineup.

The Vancouver Canucks traded forward Adam Gaudette to the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday in exchange for forward Matthew Highmore.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman confirmed the deal Monday afternoon.

Gaudette, a pending restricted free agent, had four goals and three assists while averaging 10:54 of ice-time in 33 games played this season.

The 24-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago and had been on Vancouver’s non-roster injured reserve. He cleared the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Sunday.

Gaudette was selected by the Canucks in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft and has played all of his 153 regular-season NHL games with Vancouver, registering 21 goals, 31 assists and 67 penalty minutes.

Meanwhile, Highmore was logging a team-low 8:50 per night in Chicago and had just two assists in 24 games this season and had spent much of the past three years with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. The 25-year-old has a $750,000 salary cap hit and becomes an RFA in 2022.

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