The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Trevor Daley from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Rob Scuderi, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Daley is signed through the 2016-17 season and his contract carries an average annual value of $3.3 million.
Daley, 32, was in his first season with the Blackhawks after spending his first 11 years with the Dallas Stars. He had six assists and was plus-1 in 29 games with Chicago this year.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound blueliner had the best offensive year of his career last season in Dallas, tallying 16 goals, 22 assists and 38 points in 68 contests. His goal, assist and point totals were all career highs. He also had a career-best six power-play goals.
Daley’s 16 goals last season ranked fifth among all NHL blueliners, trailing only Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23), Erik Karlsson (21), Dustin Byfuglien (18) and Brent Burns (17).
A Toronto, Ontario native, Daley has surpassed the 25-point mark in five of his last six full seasons. He’s been a plus player in seven of his last nine seasons.
Daley has appeared in 785 career NHL games with Chicago and Dallas, tallying 67 goals, 170 assists and 237 points with 517 penalty minutes and a plus-7. The lefthanded-shooting D-man has added seven points (4G-3A) in 35 postseason contests.
Daley broke into the NHL during the 2003-04 campaign. His 756 career games with Dallas rank eighth in franchise history and fourth among defensemen. His 231 points (67G-164A) as a Stars’ player rank seventh all-time among Dallas defensemen.
Originally drafted by Dallas in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft, Daley played four seasons of junior hockey with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League between 1999-2003, serving as team captain his final year.