Tonight, Jim Rutherford traded Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta to the Chicago Blackhawks, in return receiving 23 year old winger Dominik Kahun (pronounced Ka-hoon) and a 2019 5th round draft pick (originally owned by Tampa).
Kahun turns 24 on July 2nd, and is scheduled to make 925K next season before becoming a Restricted Free Agent. He is a left-handed winger, who can reportedly play all 3 forward positions.
From various scouting reports and feedback, Kahun appears to be somewhat similar to the Penguins other Dominik, Dominik Simon, but it seems Kahun may be a bit better skater and have better hands.
Maatta has continued to slide year after year for the Penguins. I kept saying to myself that Maatta was never this slow under Bylsma, which has me questioning whether Olli didn’t fit right under Sullivan’s system, whether Bylsma did a better job sheltering him….or if the hit below from Nino Niederreiter 4 years ago end up affecting his mobility:
Ideally, I would have liked to have seen more return for Maatta, but, that should also tell you just how far his stock has fallen. Several years ago, he was ahead of Brian Dumoulin on the depth chart and playing along side Kris Letang on the #1 pairing. Last year, he was a healthy scratch in the playoffs.
The advantages of this deal for now are gaining about 3.1M in cap space, and adding a young, versatile forward. My mantra for this offseason, besides being that Rutherford needs to be very active, is let’s see how everything shakes out before questioning a move. There are already some strong rumors that a specific UFA forward is being targeted with the cap savings opened up by this deal. The Penguins will need to move out more salary before the draft to continue to reshape this team and resign Aston-Reese, Pettersson, a Blueger.