Johnsson, 33, has six goals and eight assists with a plus-3 rating in 52 games this season. Leddy was the 16th overall pick in the 2009 draft.
Stan Bowman on Johnsson:
"Kim is a very talented player at both ends of the ice. He gives us that experience and the versatility to play in a number of different ways."
Bowman on Leddy:
"We've been very high on him since last year when we were trying to trade up to get him in the draft. His speed is something that's been talked about quite a bit and he plays the type of style we play here. He's got a puck possession game and he can really skate. He had to be in the mix for this to work."
My initial thoughts:
The move, which came a day after Hawks coach Joel Quenneville discussed having Barker more on the power play, maintains the team's depth on defense, while freeing up cap space for the future.
One of the Hawks connected to qualifying offer snafu in the summer, Barker was in the middle of the first year of a three-year, $9.25 million deal. That's a hefty tag for a player who had become the Hawks' fifth or even sixth defenseman.