July 17th, 2024

Canucks send two players, 2027 second-round pick to Blackhawks for 2027 fourth

By The Canadian Press on June 26, 2024.

Vancouver Canucks right wing Ilya Mikheyev (65) plays against the Nashville Predators during the third period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Friday, May 3, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn. The Vancouver Canucks have acquired a 2027 fourth-round pick from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forwards Ilya Mikheyev and Sam Lafferty and a 2027 second-round pick. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, George Walker IV

The Vancouver Canucks have acquired a 2027 fourth-round pick from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forwards Ilya Mikheyev and Sam Lafferty and a 2027 second-round pick.

The Canucks will retain 15 per cent of Mikheyev’s salary as a part of the deal announced Wednesday night.

Mikheyev, 29, had 11 goals and 20 assists in 78 games during the 2023-24 season for Vancouver. He signed a four-year deal with the Canucks in free agency in July 2022 after three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Meanwhile, Lafferty makes a return to the Blackhawks, who signed him to the two-year deal he just completed this season. Chicago traded Lafferty to Toronto in February 2023 before the Leafs moved him to Vancouver in October 2023.

The 29-year-old had 13 goals and 11 assists in 79 games for the Canucks this past season and is now a pending unrestricted free agent.

The NHL free agent signing period begins on Monday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 26, 2024.

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