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Rutta traded to Lightning from Blackhawks for Koekkoek

Teams also receive 2019 draft picks in swap of defensemen

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Jan Rutta was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning by the Chicago Blackhawks for Slater Koekkoek on Friday.

Rutta has six points (two goals, four assists) in 23 games with the Blackhawks this season, and had four points (one goal, three assists) in eight games with Rockford of the American Hockey League. The defenseman, signed by Chicago on June 7, 2017 as a free agent, has 26 points (eight goals, 18 assists) in 80 NHL games.

Koekkoek has one goal in nine games with the Lightning this season and 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 85 NHL games. The defenseman was selected by Tampa Bay in the first round (No. 10) of the 2012 NHL Draft. He has one assist in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

The Lightning also received a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, and the Blackhawks received a fifth-round pick in 2019.

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