CHICAGO, JUNE 29 -- The Chicago Blackhawks traded high-scoring center Denis Savard to the Montreal Canadiens tonight for defenseman Chris Chelios and future considerations.

Savard, 29, who was raised in Montreal, began his career with the Blackhawks after being selected third overall in the 1980 entry draft. He went on to become the team's leading scorer, averaging 110 points a year and scoring 100 or more points in each of five seasons.

Chelios, 28, is a native Chicagoan who played high school hockey at Mount Carmel before his family moved to San Diego. He was the Canadiens' second-round selection in the 1981 entry draft.

The Canadiens also sent Chicago a second-round draft pick in 1991.

Montreal General Manager Serge Savard, who wanted to announce the trade before he left for vacation, said it was only days ago that the team realized it could obtain the center.

"I was always under the impression, until the last few days, that he {Savard} would finish his career there," Serge Savard said.

Savard has scored 351 goals and accumulated 1,013 points in the regular season for Chicago.

For his part, Savard said he was extremely pleased with the deal.

"It's one of my dreams. I'm very happy and I'm looking forward to the start of the season," he said.

Mike Keenan, Chicago's head coach and general manager, was happy to get Chelios, who won the Norris Trophy in 1989 as the league's best defenseman.

"We never thought for a moment we'd be able to acquire such a player as Chris Chelios," Keenan said. "We're getting a tremendous hockey player, and we had to give up a tremendous hockey player to get him."

Savard holds eight Chicago team records and is the only Blackhawk to score four goals in a playoff game.

He is third on Chicago's lists for all-time goal scorers and points.