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Blackhawks Trade Jack Skille To Panthers For Michael Frolik And Alexander Salak

The Blackhawks have shaken up their almost moribund team by sending Jack Skille and two minor leaguers — Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan — to the Florida Panthers for forward Michael Frolik and goaltender Alexander Salak.

The key to the deal is the 22-year-old Frolik, who has played in 213 regular-season games over three NHL seasons with Florida. This year, he’s second on the Panthers with eight goals and 21 assists in 52 games. He’s been one of the Panthers' top three goal scorers and top five point producers in each of his first two seasons before this year.

Salak is 24 and is playing in the Swedish Elite League, leading all goalies in that league with a .925 save percentage and six shutouts.

Could this reflect some dissatisfaction with both Corey Crawford and Marty Turco? Or is it just a shakeup? We’ll hopefully know more soon.