Hurricanes acquire Teravainen and Bickell from Chicago

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team as acquired forwards Teuvo Teravainen(pronounced TAY-voh tair-uh-VIGH-nehn) and Brian Bickell from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a second-round draft pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

In 78 games with the Blackhawks last season, Teravainen scored 13 goals and 22 assists(35 points).  Prior to that, the 21-year-old Teravainen split time between Chicago and their affiliate in the American Hockey League, the Rockford IceHogs, and in 115 career NHL games, the Helsinki, Finland native has totaled 44 points(17g, 27a).  In 2015, Teravainen(5’11”, 178 lbs.) hoisted the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks, scoring 4 goals and earning 6 assists(10 points) during their playoff run.  He has represented his native Finland in several international competitions and served as captain of his country’s team at the 2014 World Junior Championships, where he helped Finland captured the gold.  Chicago selected Teravainen in the first round, 18th overall, of the 2012 NHL Draft.

“Teuvo is a young, highly-skilled player still on his entry-level contract who is coming off a strong first full NHL season.” Francis said while addressing the deal that was made today. “This deal allowed us to use some of our collected draft picks to improve our group of forwards for the coming season by adding two Stanley Cup champions.”

Bickell, 30, split parts of the 2015-16 season between Rockford and Chicago, and in 25 games with the Blackhawks, he earned 2 assists, while in 47 games with the IceHogs, he scored 15 goals and earned 16 assists(31 points).  The Bowmanville, Ontario native was part of the Blackhawks 3 Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2010, 2013, and 2015, totaling 39 points(20g, 19a) in 75 career playoff games, all with Chicago.  The Blackhawks drafted Bickell(6’4″, 223 lbs.) in the second round, 41st overall, in 2004 NHL Draft, and has scored 65 goals and earned 70 assists(135 points) in 384 career NHL regular season games with the Blackhawks.

The 2016 second round pick that was traded to Chicago was originally belonged to the New York Rangers and will be the 50th overall in the upcoming NHL Draft, which will take place June 24-25th at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.  Carolina acquired the pick, along with the Rangers 2017 second-round pick and the rights of forward Aleksi Saarela on February 28, 2016, in exchange for Eric Staal.  Carolina’s 2017 third-round pick that has been traded to Chicago was originally belonged to the Blackhawks and was acquired by Carolina in the September 11, 2015 trade that sent Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom to Carolina.