The Chicago Blackhawks are making a serious push for the Stanley Cup. In the latest of three trades for the Blackhawks in two days, Chicago has acquired Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann from the Canadiens in exchange for Phillip Danault and a 2018 second round pick.
#Blackhawks acquire Tomas Fleischmann and Dale Weise from the Canadiens in exchange for Phillip Danault and CHI's 2018 2nd round pick.— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) February 27, 2016
Weise has been on the market for the Canadiens for a few weeks now, and was one of the biggest names left out there before the deadline. The 27-year-old forward has 26 points in 56 games for Montreal this season, just three points shy of his career high from last year.
Fleischmann has had 20 points in 57 games for the Canadiens in his first season with Montreal after accepting a professional try out with the team last summer. Unlike Weise, it looks as if Fleischmann's big offensive days are behind him, but he will help round out the Blackhawks depth on forward as they look to seriously contend for the Stanley Cup this season.
On the opposite side, the Canadiens have picked up Phillip Danault, a 23-year-old center who has five points in 32 professional games played thus far. Danault was the 26th overall pick by the Blackhawks back in the 2011 draft and has enjoyed success at the QMJHL level but has had some trouble adjusting his game to the minors.
The center is a solid return for the Canadiens, who also pick up Chicago's 2018 second round draft pick as the Blackhawks look to go for broke for a Stanley Cup this season.
Montreal will also retain 30 percent of Weise's salary and cap hit, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.