CHICAGO — After firing assistant coach Mike Kitchen on Monday morning, and then firing Ice Hogs Head Coach Ted Dent, the Blackhawks continued to make moves on Friday evening, trading goaltender Scott Darling to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a third round draft pick in this June’s NHL Draft.
Darling, 28, was set to be a restricted free agent this summer, and the Blackhawks figured that they were better off getting a draft choice in return, as opposed to simply letting him sign with another organization. Blackhawks Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Bowman had this to say about the deal,
“We could count on Scott in any situation as he was always reliable,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman. “We appreciate his contributions to the Blackhawks organization — including a Stanley Cup Championship team — and we wish him well as he continues his career in Carolina.”
Darling posted a career record of 39-17-9 in his three seasons with the Blackhawks, to go along with a .923 save percentage and four shutouts. Darling was tied for the fifth best save percentage in the NHL this past season, stopping .924 percent of shots on goal, while racking up a career high 18 wins.
Darling was a member of the Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup Championship team, and was originally signed as a free agent in the summer of 2014. The move all but eliminates the theory that the Blackhawks could potentially quell some of their cap issues by moving on from veteran goaltender Corey Crawford.