As the regular season loomed, the Chicago Blackhawks found themselves still above the salary cap – even more so with the signing of Daniel Carcillo to a one year contract. By Saturday evening, the Hawks had reached their solution and desired cap level.
Defensemen Nick Leddy and goaltender Kent Simpson were shipped to the New York Islanders in exchange for AHL defensemen TJ Brennan and defensive prospect Ville Pokka. Also acquired were the rights to goalie Anders Nilsson – currently playing in Russia.
Leddy, acquired Feb. 12, 2010 in a trade with Minnesota had 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) and a +10 rating in 2013-14. Leddy will become a restricted free agent on July 1. Simpson totaled 31 games played with Rockford last season and one with the Blackhawks.
Brennan was the highest scoring defensemen in the AHL last season playing with the Toronto Marlies. He signed as a free agent on July 1 with the Islanders. Pokka was selected 34th in the second round of the 2012 draft. He is 20 years old.
Pokka and Blackhawks forward Teuvo Teravainen have playing time together – sharing minutes and ice time with the Finnish team in the IIHF World Junior Championship.
Brennan and Pokka will begin at Rockford to start the season.