Maatta traded to Kings by Blackhawks for Morrison


Olli Maatta was traded to the Los Angeles Kings by the Chicago Blackhawks for Brad Morrison on Sunday.

Maatta, a 26-year-old defenseman, scored 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 65 games this season, and six points (three goals, three assists) in nine postseason games. Chicago was eliminated from the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round in five games by the Vegas Golden Knights after entering the Stanley Cup Qualifiers as the No. 12 seed and defeating the No. 5 seed Edmonton Oilers in four games in a best-of-5 series.


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A two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2016, 2017), Maatta has scored 124 points (29 goals, 95 assists) in 427 NHL games and 27 points (five goals, 22 assists) in 78 postseason games for the Penguins and Blackhawks.

“Olli is a well-rounded player who will fit well with our group of defensemen,” Kings general manager Rob Blake said. “He is a young player that already has a lot of valuable NHL experience, including a pair of Stanley Cups, and we look forward to having him join our organization.”

Morrison, a 23-year-old center, has yet to play in the NHL. He scored 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 17 games for Fort Wayne of the ECHL.

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