Habs acquire Kirby Dach in 3-team deal involving Islanders, Blackhawks

Posted: 08/07/2022 in NHL
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The Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Kirby Dach from the Chicago Blackhawks following a pair of trades during Round 1 of the 2022 NHL Draft.

The Habs sent defenseman Alexander Romanov and the 98th overall pick to the New York Islanders in exchange for the 13th overall selection. Montreal then sent the 13th and 66th overall picks to the Blackhawks.

Chicago went on to snag forward Frank Nazar with the No. 13 selection.

The Blackhawks were reportedly listening to offers for Dach heading into the draft. He’s a pending restricted free agent, having played out the final season of a three-year deal with a $925,000 cap hit.

Dach, 21, logged nine goals and 17 assists in 70 contests this season while averaging 18 minutes per game. The Blackhawks selected him with the third overall pick in 2019. Dach has 59 points in 152 career contests, all with Chicago.

Romanov, 22, potted three goals and 10 assists in 79 games in 2021-22. He was fourth amongst all Canadiens blue-liners in ice time, playing just over 20 minutes a game. He led the team with 227 hits and 144 blocks.

Montreal used the first overall pick in the draft to select forward Juraj Slafkovsky out of Slovakia.

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