Connolly, Stillman traded to Blackhawks by Panthers


Brett Connolly, Riley Stillman, Henrik Borgstrom and a seventh-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft were traded to the Chicago Blackhawks by the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

Florida receives defenseman Lucas Carlsson and center Lucas Wallmark.

Connolly has two seasons remaining on a four-year contract he agreed to with the Panthers on July 1, 2019. The 28-year-old forward has scored four points (two goals, two assists) in 21 games this season.


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Selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the No. 6 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, Connolly has scored 192 points 100 goals, 92 assists) in 517 regular-season games for the Lightning, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and Panthers and 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in 42 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Stillman is in the final season of a three-year contract he signed with Florida on March 3, 2018 and can become a restricted free agent after the season. The 23-year-old forward has not scored a point in eight games this season and has five assists in 43 games since the Panthers chose him in the fourth round (No. 114) of the 2016 NHL Draft. He was held without a point and was minus-3 in three games against the New York Islanders in the best-of-5 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

Borgstrom was Florida’s first-round pick (No. 23) in the 2016 NHL Draft. The 23-year-old forward has scored 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 58 NHL games.

“We are receiving a very exciting, young player with a bright future in Henrik Borgstrom,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. “He is a high-end talent and we think he has the ability to be a big-time player for us. We also add to our forward depth with an experienced veteran in Brett Connolly and a physical defenseman in Riley Stillman. Connolly is a proven goal scorer and adds some versatility to our front line while Stillman is a young, physical defenseman whose aggressive style brings a different element to our defense.”

Carlsson, 23, has two assists in 18 games. He was Chicago’s fourth-round pick (No. 110) in the 2016 draft.

Wallmark, 25, has played 183 NHL games for the Carolina Hurricanes, Panthers and Blackhawks and has scored 59 points (23 goals, 36 assists). He was chosen by Carolina in the fourth round (No. 97) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

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