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Penguins Trade Olli Maatta Dominik Kahun

Saturday evening, the first Pittsburgh Penguins trade of the offseason was official. The Penguins dealt defenseman Olli Maatta to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a fifth-round pick and slick Czech born rookie winger Dominik Kahun. According to Capfriendly.com, the move will save the Penguins about $3.1 million pending Kahun’s ability to reach contract bonuses.

Maatta, 24, was the Penguins best defenseman in 2017-18 but was injured and stumbled this season. He often looked worn down and was not able to stay in the lineup beyond Game 1, Round One against the New York Islanders. Maatta has three seasons remaining at $4.083 million but was an expendable piece as he didn’t figure to fit into the top-six group and the Penguins have Juuso Riikola under contract as depth or potential member of the starting lineup.

This season, Maatta had 14 points (1g, 13a) in 60 games. He was a -2 in his only playoff game.

The Penguins used their first-round pick in 2012 to select Maatta 22nd overall. He quickly outshined fellow 2012 first-round pick Derrick Pouliot and stuck with the Penguins for seven seasons, including two Stanley Cup championships. Injuries and illness have plagued Maatta, who defeated cancer and two shoulder surgeries to continue his NHL career.

Penguins Trade Return:

According to trusted hockey colleagues in Chicago, Dominik Kahun is a “not going to blow anyone away but he is sneaky good.”

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The 23-year-old left-handed shot can play all three forward positions. He played well on the top three Chicago lines and performed well with Jonathan Toews, Alex DeBrincat and on the third line, too. Kahun was playing in the German league and had his breakout in the 2018 Olympics with Team Germany. Kahun had five points (2g, 3a) in the Olympics and made the jump directly to the NHL from the German league, which is not very common.

Kahun has one more season on his ELC and will be a restricted free agent next summer. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound winger had 37 points (13g, 24a) in 82 games for Chicago this season.

On the surface, he compares to current Penguins winger Dominik Simon. He must get stronger but is skilled and has good playmaking skills.

Editors Note: Kahun has contract bonuses which could increase his salary, but his 2018-19 cap hit was only $925,000 according to Capfriendly.com. The original version of the story was edited to include a firm figure of $3.1 million in savings, rather than a variable figure.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Zach Smith

    June 15, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    What line do you see Kahun on (for the most part) & with who?

    • Dan Kingerski

      June 15, 2019 at 11:48 pm

      that’s an easy answer: All of them. He is similar to Simon; he can play both sides and do so well but probably won’t score 20 goals, so he’ll shuffle around unless one line catches fire.

      • Jay95

        June 16, 2019 at 5:18 am

        Dan, there are mixed scouting reports out there in regards to him. But, from what I’ve seen he is more aggressive and grittier than Simon. He’s also faster and uses that speed to open up space for other guys.

        I think his ceiling is a 20 goal 50 point player. It seems like his floor is Simon type production but with more speed and a consistently good passer.

        I mean, I like Simon a lot. He does so many awesome little things that you have to be at the games to even see. But, he is slightly vanilla…Kahun isn’t vanilla at all.

      • Jay95

        June 16, 2019 at 5:34 am

        Actually, I’d compare him to Rust in a way. Rust came into the league with a high motor, tenacity, everything was done at breakneck speeds, but he looked like a shot first player as he just wasn’t a very good passer…at the time.

        Kuhan also has a high motor, is tenacious on the puck, but he uses that speed to set up others. He’s very good at creating at top speed. But, even though his shot attempt levels pet 60 weren’t bad, he’s not a great scorer as of now.

  2. Matt Luda

    June 16, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Now trade Kessel for a high draft pick and use the $9 mil on some combination of Gardiner/Myers/Hayes/Chaisson . . .

    • Jay95

      June 16, 2019 at 5:42 am

      Myers? Why? That guy has been garbage for years. Just trade for Oleksiak again lol. He’s cheaper and just as effective.

      • Matt Luda

        June 17, 2019 at 10:05 pm

        Myers isn’t available. Oilers just said buh-bye to Trouba so they could resign him. Comes off a very good season — nine goals, 31 points, +11. #WatchMuch

  3. CM62

    June 16, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Does this move make Rust expendable? Which could free up more cap space.

  4. Zach Smith

    June 16, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    I would think so but we should look to trading Jack Johnson as well. Come back with a completely different team.

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