The Blackhawks announced Wednesday that they acquired defenseman Brian Connelly from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Brad Winchester. He will report directly to the AHL's Rockford IceHogs.
This won't be Connelly's first stint in the Blackhawks organization as he played with the IceHogs at times between the 2009 and 2012 seasons.
Connelly's appeared in 50 games with the AHL's Iowa Wild this year, where he led the team in points (32) and assists (27). The 27-year-old has tallied 213 points in 343 career AHL games.
Winchester was signed by the Blackhawks as a free agent on July 24, 2013. He recorded 30 points in 55 games with the IceHogs this season.