Hinostroza traded to Blackhawks by Panthers


Vinnie Hinostroza was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday by the Florida Panthers for Brad Morrison.

Hinostroza did not score a point in nine games with the Panthers this season. The forward, who will turn 27 on Saturday, spent parts of three seasons with the Blackhawks from 2015-18.

He signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Oct. 9 and can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Selected by Chicago in the sixth round (No. 169) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Hinostroza has scored 100 points (34 goals, 66 assists) in 255 regular-season games with the Panthers, Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes. He has two assists in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Morrison, who has yet to make his NHL debut, has scored five points (three goals, two assists) in six games with Rockford of the American Hockey League this season.

Morrison is in the final year of a three-year contract he signed with the Los Angeles Kings on May 1, 2018 and can become a restricted free agent after the season.

The 24-year-old forward, who was traded to the Blackhawks by the Kings on Oct. 4 for defenseman Olli Maatta, was selected by the New York Rangers in the fourth round (No. 113) of the 2015 NHL Draft.

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