(CBS) The Blackhawks have traded forwards Kris Versteeg, Joakim Nordstrom and a third-round pick of the 2017 NHL Draft to Carolina in exchange for defensemen Dennis Robertson, Jake Massie and a fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft.

The trade can largely be considered a salary dump by Chicago, which clears an estimated $2.4 million with the move. Robertson, 24, scored three goals and added 14 assists in 57 games last season with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. Massie, an 18-year-old, played last season with the Boston Jr. Bruins U18 team and Kimball Union Academy.

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In 2014-15, Versteeg scored 14 goals and recorded 20 assists in 61 games, coming in his second stint with the organization. Nordstrom added three assists in 38 games.

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By trading Versteeg and Nordstrom, the Blackhawks have cap room to re-sign center Marcus Kruger, who remains a free agent.

The Blackhawks open up training camp next Friday on the campus of Notre Dame University. Their first regular-season game is  October 7 against the New York Rangers, where the team will raise its 2015 Stanley Cup Champions banner.

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