Sunday, December 30, 2018

NHL trade review: Blackhawks acquire Caggiula, Garrison for Manning



               The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired F Drake Caggiula and D Jason Garrison from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for D Brandon Manning and D Robin Norell.

                For the Blackhawks, they get a winger in Caggiula that can improve their bottom six. They give up a bottom pairing defenseman in Manning, but get back a veteran in Garrison, who's at the stage of his career where he's a depth defenseman.

                Caggiula, 24, has scored seven goals and four assists for 11 points in 29 games for the Oilers this season. In his NHL career, all for the Oilers, Caggiula has scored 27 goals and 22 assists for 49 points in 156 games.

                Garrison, 34, scored one point, a goal, in 17 games for the Oilers this year. The best year of his career came in 2011-12 with the Florida Panthers, when he scored 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points in 77 games. In his NHL career for the Oilers, Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Vancouver Canucks, Garrison has scored 49 goals and 111 assists for 160 points in 555 games.

                 For the Oilers, I don't understand this trade. I get why they are acquiring a player like Manning, a tough defenseman to improve their bottom pair. I don't get why they are getting Manning specifically. Manning broke the collarbone of Oilers star Connor McDavid, who later called the play "classless". They had a feud the next season, and it doesn't make sense to bring in the enemy of your star.

                 Manning, 28, scored one goal and two assists for three points in 27 games for the Blackhawks this year. In his NHL career for the Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers, Manning has scored 12 goals and 34 assists for 46 points in 234 games.

                  Norell, 23, has scored three points, all assists, in 28 games for Djurgardens IF in Sweden this year.

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