The Chicago Blackhawks have traded left wing Andrew Ladd to the Atlanta Thrashers for defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy and a second round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Vishnevskiy, 22, has notched two assists and two penalty minutes in five games with the Dallas Stars over the past two seasons, which includes being held scoreless in two contests last season. The Barnaul, Russia, native spent the majority of the 2009-10 season in the AHL with the Texas Stars and Chicago Wolves collecting 26 assists, 36 points and 28 penalty minutes in 79 regular-season games during his second professional campaign. He was acquired by the Thrashers, the Wolves NHL affiliate, from the Dallas Stars on February 9, 2010.
Vishnevskiy was the 27th overall selection in the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
"We’re pleased to add another power forward with size, skill and two Stanley Cup Championships to our roster," said Thrashers GM Rick Dudley. "At 24, Andrew has already been in the league for five years and is only getting better. He will add an element of grit, determination and skill to our group of forwards that will compliment what we have in place."
Ladd appeared in all 82 games for the Chicago Blackhawks last season, posting 17 goals and 21 assists.
The Maple Ridge, British Columbia, native was originally selected by the Carolina in the first round, 4th overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.