Blackhawks trade Richard Panik to Arizona

The Blackhawks have traded RW Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin to Arizona in exchange for LW Anthony Duclair and D Adam Clendening. No salary was retained in the trade.

Panik, 26, scored 22 goals last season and was rewarded with a two-year $5.6 million extension. He burst onto the scene last season and played well on the top-line next to Jonathan Toews.

This season, Panik has failed to find any consistency in his game, sitting at six goals and 10 assists in 37 games. He has also found himself a healthy scratch most nights, something very uncommon for a guy with his kind of game check.

“Richard Panik is a big, skilled winger who is an excellent goal scorer,” said Chayka. “He’s also a strong two-way forward with great speed and provides a veteran presence. He will be a nice addition to our forward group.” – Coyotes GM John Chayka

Not only has it been a surprise than Panik has not played well but disappointing as well. His goal in the 8-2 Tuesday night night in Ottawa was his first since October 21st.  The former Maple Leaf has also seen himself out of the lineup and demoted outside of the top six forward lines.

In return,the Blackhawks have received Anthony Dunclair, a 22 year-old left wing who has nine goals and six assists in 33 games this season. The former third round pick by the Rangers had requested a trade last week. Dunclair scored 20 goals along with 24 assists during the 2015-2016 season but has not come close to those numbers since. Be optimistic about Dunclair because he was expected to be a “hot name” around the trade deadline. This could turn into a great trade and a fresh start is always good for a struggling player.

Stan Bowman got himself out of this one. What once what a signing everyone was on board with quickly became money going to waste. Dunclair will be a restricted free agent after the season allowing the Blackhawks plenty of time to see what they got.

In terms of the cap, Dunclair brings a $1.2 million hit and Bowman gets  Panik completely off the books.

In retrospect, this trade is not a big surprise. Panik has been dreadful this season and turns out to be a big mistake by Bowman. Could he get his career back on track in Arizona? Sure he can. But he was not going to work in Chicago anymore and the Blackhawks got something for him.

The Blackhawks start a six game-home-stand tonight with the Minnesota Wild in town.

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