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Blackhawks acquire D Rob Scuderi from Pittsburgh for D Trevor Daley

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Blackhawks acquire D Rob Scuderi from Pittsburgh for D Trevor Daley

When the Blackhawks acquired Trevor Daley in July, it was going to be a change.

Daley was more of an offensive defenseman, one coming off a career year in Dallas in terms of goals (16) and assists (22). One wondered if it was a good fit.

Apparently it wasn’t.

The Blackhawks traded Daley to Pittsburgh in exchange for Rob Scuderi on Monday night. The 36-year-old Scuderi has four assists and 32 blocked shots in 25 games with the Penguins this season.

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In terms of cap space, the Blackhawks get some breathing room. According to generalfanager.com, the Penguins take all of Daley’s $3.3 million salary and retain a third of Scuderi’s salary. The Blackhawks pick up the other two-thirds of Scuderi’s deal ($2.25 million per season), which runs through the 2016-17 season. That gives the Blackhawks just under $2.2 million of cap space.

Daley had a tough start with the Blackhawks but was playing better as of late. He suffered a frightening neck injury on Dec. 6 against the Winnipeg Jets but returned on Friday when the Blackhawks hosted the Jets again at the United Center. He had six assists and was a plus-1 in 29 games.

Daley was certainly in a different role with the Blackhawks than he was with the Stars. In Dallas last season, he averaged nearly 23 minutes a game; this season with the Blackhawks, as their No. 5 defenseman, he was playing about 15 minutes a contest.

In Scuderi the Blackhawks get a veteran stay-at-home defenseman who’s known for killing penalties. They also get another player with a Stanley Cup pedigree; Scuderi won Cups with the Penguins in 2009 and the Los Angeles Kings in 2012. When Scuderi joins the Blackhawks is unknown at this time.

The Blackhawks host the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on CSN.

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Ottawa Senators tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Trade chips.

The Blackhawks have reached the point in their season where they have no choice but to become sellers before the Feb. 26 deadline, and we saw that when they traded Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals on Monday for a conditional third-round pick in 2018. Tommy Wingels could also be an attractive piece for a team looking to fill out their depth.

The Senators will definitely be sellers, and wow do they have some names potentially on the market that can fetch large returns: Derrick Brassard and Mike Hoffman are two players who log top-six minutes on a nightly basis and also have term left on their contract, which is great for teams looking to load up for this year and beyond.

The biggest name to watch, probably in the league altogether, is Erik Karlsson, who could be on the move if a team offers a big enough package for the Senators to pull the trigger now as opposed to in the offseason if they feel him re-signing is a long shot. He was the best defenseman last season, and if a team steps up to get him, they're getting two possible postseason runs out of him.

2. Artem Anisimov's experiment at left wing not working.

Joel Quenneville has tried rekindling the magic between Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane as of late, only this time Anisimov is playing the wing and it just hasn't been very effective. The trio was on the ice for each of the two 5-on-5 goals the Kings scored on Monday, and Anisimov completely lost his man on the first one.

It's important to establish a consistent left winger for Schmaltz and Kane, and maybe putting Alex DeBrincat up there is something you consider going forward as part of a long-term solution. Move Anisimov back down as the third-line center to play in more of a defensive role and continue using his big body on power plays for his offensive abilities might be the best bet.

3. Win the special teams battle.

In their last meeting against Ottawa on Jan. 9, the Blackhawks went 4-for-6 on the power play and 4-on-4 on the penalty kill in an 8-2 win. And those are two areas to look out for again.

The Senators own the 28th-ranked power play with a 16.1 percent success rate and 29th-ranked penalty kill with a 74.5 percent success rate. Get ready for another offensive outburst?

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

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Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here: