Published: Sat, June 24, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Blackhawks get Saad back in trade with Blue Jackets

Blackhawks get Saad back in trade with Blue Jackets

Bowman traded forwards Panarin and Tyler Motte and Chicago's sixth-round selection in this weekend's National Hockey League draft to Columbus for Saad, goaltender Anton Forsberg and a fifth-round draft pick next year.

Yet the Blackhawks suffered a disappointing first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Nashville Predators this spring, and they'll try to return to their winning ways by welcoming back Saad, who helped Chicago win two Stanley Cups during his first three seasons with the club. This deal comes just minutes after the Blackhawks officially shipped veteran defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin.

Panarin was a promising young player in Chicago.

Could Chicago deal Marian Hossa's contract? Saad has had three straight 50-plus point seasons and should continue that type of production in his second stint in Chicago. "I didn't think it would happen this soon, but that's just the way it happened".

Hjalmarsson gives Arizona more stability on the back end after it traded away No. 1 goalie Mike Smith last weekend. They should be very happy to get him back.

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But the departure of Hjalmarsson and Panarin creates two more holes that need to be filled. The winger scored 31 goals and 43 assists last season and won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's best rookie for the 2015-16 season. He had five goals, 13 assists and a team-high 181 blocked shots in 73 games last season.

While playing on a line with Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane, it was clear that Panarin fit in perfectly with what the Blackhawks were trying to accomplish.

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks had signed Panarin to a two-year, $12 million contract extension last December.

Chicago also acquires a cheap potential backup goaltender in the 24-year-old Forsberg, while Columbus gets the 22-year-old Motte, who has seven points in 33 career games.

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