Martin Havlat is packing his bags for the Windy City.
The Senators winger has been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in a multi-player, three-way blockbuster that also includes forward Bryan Smolinski, the Sun has learned.
The Blackhawks dealt winger Mark Bell to San Jose for centre Josh Hennessy and defenceman Tom Preissing.
The 'Hawks then dealt Hennessy, Preissing, defenceman Michal Barinka and a 2008 second-round draft pick to the Senators for Havlat and Smolinski.
Havlat, a restricted free agent, will agree to a three-year, $18-million (all terms US) deal with Chicago.
"I'm very sad to be leaving Ottawa, especially my teammates and fans, but this is an unbelievable opportunity for me," Havlat told the Sun last night. "I'm thankful the Chicago organization has shown this faith in me."
Some observers suggested the Senators won't be receiving enough in return for Havlat, a 25-year-old Czech who has 235 points in 298 career games.
"If Ottawa is getting these guys, not one of them is as good a player as Martin Havlat," a league source said.