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Canadiens acquire center Kirby Dach from Blackhawks in 3-team deal

Apr 3, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Kirby Dach (77) with the puck during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes  at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Moments after they used the first overall pick in the NHL draft on forward Juraj Slafkovsky, the Montreal Canadiens made a pair of trades Thursday to land center Kirby Dach from the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Canadiens dealt their 2022 fourth-round pick and defenseman Alexander Romanov to the New York Islanders in exchange for the 13th overall pick. They then packaged that pick with a third-rounder to send to Chicago to land Dach.

The Blackhawks parted with Dach — the third overall pick in the 2019 draft — hours after trading forward Alex DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators for three picks.

Dach, 21, tallied 59 points (19 goals, 40 assists) in 152 career games for Chicago over the past three seasons. In 2021-22, he posted career highs of nine goals and 17 assists.

Romanov, 22, heads to the Islanders after spending the first two seasons of his NHL career with Montreal. He appeared in 133 games and tallied four goals and 15 assists in that time.

–Field Level Media