Panthers pick up Carlsson and Wallmark in trade, send Connolly and Stillman to Chicago as part of trade

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Phil Thompson, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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The Florida Panthers picked up defenseman Lucas Carlsson and forward Lucas Wallmark in a trade with the Blackhawks on Thursday, sending forward Brett Connolly, defenseman Riley Stillman, the restricted free agent rights to forward Henrik Borgstrom and a 2021 seventh-round draft pick to Chicago.

It is the Panthers’ second trade in a week with the Blackhawks. They traded left winger Vinnie Hinostroza to Chicago for prospect Brad Morrison on Friday.

Both trades should help free up some salary-cap space for the Panthers. The NHL trade deadline is Monday at 3 p.m.

Carlsson, a 6-foot, 189-pound native of G 1/4 u00e4vle, Sweden, played the last of his 12 games for the Blackhawks on March 9 in Dallas, where he recorded his only point, an assist. Otherwise, he bounced between the taxi squad and the minor-league Rockford IceHogs team.

Wallmark, 6-foot, 178-pound native of Umea, Sweden, is on his second stint with Florida. He played in seven games for the Panthers during the 2019-20 season, registering two points (1-1-2). He was traded in February 2020 as part of a package that sent Vincent Trocheck to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Wallmark last played for Chicago on March 18 in Tampa Bay and had three assists in 16 games this season.

As for the departing Panthers, Connolly, 28, brings with him his $3.5 million cap hit (through 2022-23). He was the No. 6 draft pick in 2010, and in his 21 games this season he has two goals and two assists. In his 517 career games, he has 100 goals and 92 assists.

Borgstrom, who was the No. 23 draft pick in 2016, has 11 goals and eight assists in 27 games for HIFK in the Finnish Elite League. He played parts of three seasons for the Panthers, including 50 games in 2018-19, when he posted eight goals and 10 assists.

Stillman has appeared in eight games for the Panthers this season with no points. His only NHL points came in the form of five assists in 34 games last season.