Blackhawks make minor league trade with Canadiens

The Blackhawks made a minor league swap with the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, trading forward Kyle Baun in exchange for forward Andreas Martinsen.

Baun, 25, appeared in only five games with the Blackhawks since signing with the team in March of 2015.

Martinsen, 27, will report to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, but has experience in the NHL to contribute right away if needed. He's a big, physical forward (6-foot-3, 229 pounds) who has scored seven goals and 11 assists in 119 games across three seasons with the Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche.

He also played in two playoff games last year with Montreal, logging an average of 10:13 of ice time.

The move essentially gives both players a fresh start on different teams.