Chicago Blackhawks trade center Ryan Hartman to Florida Panthers

  • August 23, 2021

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Ryan Hartmann has agreed to terms with the Florida Panthers on a three-year, $10.25 million contract, the club announced.

Hartman, 29, is entering the final season of a four-year contract with the Blackhawks that was reportedly worth $6.75 million.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound forward will join a Panthers lineup that features center David Backes, winger Nick Bonino and left wing Ryan Garbutt.

Hartman will join forward Ryan Kesler, center Brad Marchand, left wing Justin Faulk and defenseman Kevin Connauton on the Panthers roster.

Hartmann, who won the Art Ross Trophy as NHL MVP in 2012-13, played in 63 games for the Blackhawks last season and scored seven goals with 10 assists.

He ranked second on the team in points with 33 goals and 41 assists.

The Blackhawks have a $4.25-million cap hit and will have to clear $4 million in dead money with Hartman on the books, though that figure will increase in the final two years of the deal.

Hartmen is expected to report to Carolina on July 1, but it’s unclear whether he’ll be ready to go before then.

Hartmans play was a major factor in the Blackhawks recent Stanley Cup run, when the team was swept by the Boston Bruins in six games.

The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup that season, and Hartman was named captain.