General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have acquired forwards Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski in a three-way deal that saw forward Mark Bell going to San Jose. The Blackhawks acquired defenseman Tom Preissing and forward Josh Hennessy from San Jose in a deal for Mark Bell. The Blackhawks then traded Preissing, Hennessy, defenseman Michal Barinka and a 2nd round draft pick in 2008 to the Ottawa Senators for high-scoring winger Martin Havlat and center Bryan Smolinski.
"Havlat is a young, scoring winger who is exactly the type of player we were looking for," said Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon. "He is 25 years old and has averaged about a point per game. His numbers have improved every season and he definitely will help our goal scoring. Smolinski is a veteran centerman who also fills a hole that we had at that position. He has a lot of experience that will fit well with our young team. This is a deal that will definitely make us a better team."
Havlat, 25, was Ottawa's 1st choice (26th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft out of the Czech Republic. The 6.01, 190 pound winger broke into the NHL in the 2000-01 season playing in 73 games and scoring 19 goals while adding 23 assists for 42 points with 20 penalty minutes while being named to the NHL "All Rookie" Team.
The following season, 2001-02, Havlat appeared in 72 games and scored 22 goals while adding 28 assists for 50 points with 66 penalty minutes. He also represented the Czech Republic in the 2002 Winter Olympics playing in four games and posting 4 points on 1 goal and 3 assists.
He improved on those numbers the following season, 2002-03, playing in 67 games with 24 goals and 35 assists for 59 points with 30 penalty minutes. He posted even better numbers in the 2003-04 season appearing in 68 games while scoring 31 goals and 37 assists for 68 points with 46 penalty minutes.
A shoulder injury limited Havlat to just 18 regular season games in 2005-06. Still, he managed almost a point per game scoring 9 goals while adding 7 assists for 16 points. He came back in time to play for Ottawa in last year's playoffs and was second in scoring for Ottawa with 7 goals and 6 assists for 13 points in 10 games.
In his NHL career, Havlat has appeared in 298 career games scoring 105 goals while adding 130 assists for 235 points with 166 penalty minutes. He has scored 40 career power play goals and 23 career game winners while posting a career +37 rating. In playoff competition, he has played in 51 games scoring 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points with 36 penalty minutes. He also has scored 6 power play goals and 5 game winners in playoff competition.
Bryan Smolinski, 34, was the 1st choice of the Boston Bruins (21st overall) in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft out of Michigan State University. He broke into the NHL with the Bruins in the 1992-93 season and has also played in Pittsburgh, New York Islanders, Los Angeles, and Ottawa.
Last season for the Senators, Smolinski appeared in 81 games and scored 17 goals while adding 31 assists for 48 points with 46 penalty minutes and a +8 rating. Four of his goals came on the power play and he also had five game winners.
In his NHL career, Smolinski has played in 910 games scoring 248 goals while adding 334 assists for 582 points with 549 penalty minutes. In playoff competition, Smolinski has appeared in 99 career games scoring 20 goals with 25 assists for 45 points with 50 penalty minutes.
Mark Bell, 25, was the Blackhawks' 1st round pick (8th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft out of Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey League. He broke into the NHL with the Blackhawks in the 2000-01 season playing in 13 games and recording one assist.
Last season, Bell appeared in all 82 games for the Blackhawks scoring 25 goals while adding 23 assists for 48 points with 107 penalty minutes and a minus-14 rating. He led the team in power play goals with 11 while also scoring one shorthanded goal and one game winner.
In his NHL career, Bell has appeared in 339 games scoring 72 goals while adding 79 assists for 151 points with 454 penalty minutes. In the playoffs, Bell has appeared in five games and has not scored while picking up 8 penalty minutes.
Michal Barinka,22, was the 2nd round pick of the Blackhawks (59th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, Barinka split the season between the the Blackhawks and Norfolk Admirals. He appeared in 25 games for the Blackhawks and had 1 assist with 20 penalty minutes. He played in 54 games for the Norfolk Admirals in the AHL and scored 1 goal while adding 11 assists for 12 points with 86 penalty minutes.