Don’t Panic over Panik Trade

Courtesy of NHL.com

On Wednesday, the Chicago Blackhawks traded Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin to the Arizona Coyotes for Anthony Duclair and Adam Clendending.

Panik finally broke the ice last night scoring his first goal in 27 games. Apparently, the lag in scoring was too much as GM Stan Bowman deftly deals him to the Coyotes for 22 year-old Duclair, saving $1.6million in cap hit in the process.

Anthony Duclair is a left winger with nine goals and 15 points in 33 games. In 2015-2016, Duclair posted his best season with 20 goals and 44 points. Duclair is on par statistically with Panik, but is a far better bargain with a better upside.

In addition to the main trade, the Hawks are parting ways with forward Laurent Dauphin for defenseman Adam Clendening. Dauphin has 14 points through 33 games, and has yet to move past Rockford this year. Clendening has played five games with the Coyotes this year, tallying 2 assists. He will be joining the IceHogs immediately.

On first view, it looks like Hawks have won the trade. Only time will tell.

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My name is Steve Dishon. I am the Chicago Blackhawks beat writer for Blue HQ Media. I am a 1993 Graduate of Indiana University with a B.A. in English with a minor in Tele-Communications. I am the current Athletic Director at Taylor Middle/Senior High School in Kokomo Indiana. I am a life-long sports fan growing up in a “Hoosiers” household. My love for hockey began in the scoreboard section of the newspaper- ESPN not yet in existence. My love grew as ESPN blossomed in the early 80s. It was cemented when I saw Brett Hull and Steve Yzerman play in Indianapolis. I hope to bring a unique perspective to your love of the Blackhawks.

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