Trade Alert: Calgary Flames acquire RFA defenseman Nikita Zadorov from cap strapped Blackhawks

Flames acquire Nikita Zadorov
Apr 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nikita Zadorov (16) checks Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Calgary Flames acquired defenseman Nikita Zadorov from the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

After acquiring Seth Jones and Marc-Andre Fleury, Chicago has only around $2 million in cap space.

Flames land Nikita Zadorov from Blackhawks

Zadorov, a restricted free agent, recorded eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 55 games with the Blackhawks last season. The 26-year-old Russian was traded to Chicago from the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 10, 2020.

Zadorov, who is listed at 6-feet-6 and 235 pounds, has collected 83 points (23 goals, 60 assists) in 411 career games with the Buffalo Sabres, Avalanche and Blackhawks. He was selected by the Sabres with the 16th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media