Blackhawks Trade Panik, Dauphin To Arizona

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward Anthony Duclair and defenseman Adam Clendening from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forwards Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin.

Holy shit this feels like highway robbery. The Blackhawks are not retaining any of Panik’s cap hit this year or next year, according to reports.

Duclair, 22, has scored nine goals in 33 games this season for Arizona but was outspoken about his desire for more playing time. His contract, which carries a $1.2M cap hit, expires after this season.

That’s a $1.6M cap savings for the Blackhawks this season from Panik’s $2.8M cap hit. It’s a $2.8M cap savings next season with Duclair off the books.

Clendening, 25, was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the second round (#36) in 2011. He was traded to Vancouver for Gustav Forsling in 2015 and hasn’t stopped moving since. Clendening has been with Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Anaheim, Edmonton, the Rangers and Arizona in the three years since the Hawks traded him.

Dauphin, 22, was acquired from Arizona in the trade that sent Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Coyotes this summer.

Panik was acquired from Toronto for Jeremy Morin.

37 thoughts on “Blackhawks Trade Panik, Dauphin To Arizona

  1. Not sad to see Panik go, looking forward to see what Dauphin brings to the table. It sounds like he may be a decently skilled guy.

  2. Like the trade. High end potential coming back and also losing the 2nd year of paniks deal.
    Clendening will be a good ahl dman for Rockford.
    I was intrigued by dauphin when the acquired him but just going by ahl numbers doesnt seem to big of a loss.
    I’m still gonna miss the thought of Panik. Big fast physical decent hands. But I’m not disappointed in this deal. It will be interesting how Duclair fits in especially if there isn’t a role in the top 6 for him.
    Either way go hawks tonight.

  3. You mean what Duclair brings to the table. The best thing about this trade is the $1.6mm the Hawks save in Cap space…….asumming the Hawks did not retain salary. Always nice to see what a new guy brings. Not expecting much, but didn’t get rid of much.

  4. I was always hoping for more from Panik….no doubt his arrival had something to do with Marian Hossa playing GM on the ice as well as coaching the younger players on the ice…Hossa did it all. I like to think I do a better job with my feet up on my recliner and my keyboard on public forum but no doubt Hossa was a better coach… based off the on-ice results of Marko Dano and Richard Panik I’m a better functional forum GM, though I must digress.
    Panik no doubt left us all wanting more; we all saw he was capable of more….but this move could be a good one. Worst case scenario Duclair could also be traded…and maybe he will be.

  5. Clendening was a throw in to make dollars work for Arizona. Dont mind him.

    Duclair has had his struggles. But so has Panik. Offensively they have put essentially the same number. Duclair’s ceiling is much higher. Panik reached his ceiling last year.

    Clendening has now been a part of 2 trades that the Hawks have won. Duclair wanted out. Yotes granted it.

  6. as much as I like panik’s flashes of brilliance and potential and how he carries himself personally, when the best brains in the nhl (isserman, tor brass and the bowmans) all throw the towel in on a player, that is telling.

    now the 20 some year old wiz kid GM in the desert is going to show them all what they missed…should be interesting to watch his career

    let’s hope duclair likes chicago, is well received, performs well and extends for cheap; more cheap speed and youth and talent is the new norm for teams that can reach for the ring. the more of that the better for hawks

    welcome back seabs and go hawks!

  7. re: Ogie – “Clendening was a throw in to make dollars work for Arizona.” LOL they’re taking on Panik’s deal. Making the money work doesn’t appear to have been any part of this deal for them. Neither was common sense.

  8. What a strange career panik had with the hawks…went from being given up on, to a pretty decent effective hardworking top liner. Then garbage again. Quite the roller coaster. Excited for Duclair though!

  9. I like the move. No hands Panik was substantially overpaid. Duclair won’t win many board battles but he is an excellent skater and at 22 may have some offensive upside.

  10. Let’s see what Duclair can do. To me, he seems to be very similar to Panik, a guy that takes your breath away for the first 20 games then makes you choke on your own vomit afterward.

    I like the fact that we are attempting to make changes.

  11. Could see him if as fast as advertised and new surroundings give him a spark getting a shot with 19 and 20. Not sure Hino was a permenent solution and probably just a play couple plays from doghouse at best anyways.

  12. If Duclair does disappear after a month… it’s fine. He’s off the books next year and the Blackhawks just opened up $2.8M in cap space to play with.

    But please, tell me more about how stupid Bowman is…

  13. Duclair is only 22, he may thrive on a much better team in a great hockey market. I wouldn’t doubt that everyone wants out of Arizona so don’t hold that against Duclair.

  14. This trade seems very one sided in Blackhawks favor. I like Richard Panik and hope change of scenery helps him too.

  15. Duclair can shoot and skate and is solidly built.
    Hayden the better big guy anyways. (over Panik)

    He had a great U20 a few years ago. Thought he would have been better by now.

  16. Highway robbery indeed. I was surprised when the Rangers let him go to AZ after he was so highly touted in NY. Just as surprised now that we got him. Lots of upside here and well worth the chance, even if he’s gone after this year because of how much we save in cap, as Tab noted. Slot him in somewhere (3rd line?) and let’s get to work. Wouldn’t mind seeing him paired with 88 for a shift or two either.

  17. Arizona is currently at 49 contracts. Had the Hawks not taken Clendening Arizona would have been at the maximum.

  18. Duclair wasn’t getting enough playing time? With Arizona? And it’s expected that he’s going to slot into the existing Blackhawks lineup?

    hmmmmm …..

    Does he take the spot held by Panik/Hayden? I would not like to see Wingels or Bouma taken out for Duclair. That line has done their work. It’s the other guys who have needed to step up. Wingels and Bouma are not slow and are physical.

    And where does Jurco fit into all of this? Gotta be more stuff about to go down.

  19. re: Arizona’s number of contracts – again, this deal cannot be about money for them. Or roster numbers. They’re bringing back Dauphin 6 months later and spending $2.8M next year on Panik that they didn’t previously have on the books.

  20. Wow. Just Wow.
    Stan Bowman :
    A) gets out from under the bad Panik contract (I thought they might just waive him).
    B) gets a younger player who’s extremely fast and can keep up speedsters from Vegas, Nashville etc.
    Stan Bowman just turned into Houdini.
    Also, never mind the Clendening/Dauphin part. It means absolutely nothing.

  21. McKenzie with a good point during 1st intermission. Last year we had 4 skaters under 25. Now we have 13. Retooling on the fly.

    Pity about Panik. Really like his ceiling. I wish him well. But no problem with this trade.

  22. Kinda weird that Panik had (arguably) his best game of the season last night and off he goes. Duclair? Meh. Hopefully he fits in and plays well. He does have speed which is good, although Panik isn’t exactly a pylon.

    Best part of the trade is probably the $1.6M cap difference and one less year on the contract. Duclair is RFA – good incentive for him to produce or he’ll be elsewhere.

  23. A very good trade for the Hawks. Cap savings and getting a player with more upside makes this a steal. I have always liked Duclair. With some patience, this is going to work out. At least he has more trade value than Panik, if the Hawks decide to go that route. Hawks are getting younger and faster. Watch out next season. Hawks will be in the Cup hunt!

  24. Agreeing with most, this seems like a good trade to clean up a situation SB created. Duclair seems to be fast and skilled but something is occurring in the background that no one wants to talk about that made him expendable to the Yotes. Lets see if Hawk’s culture can turn him around.

    The Captain has a project.

  25. After scoring 20 plus goals last year, Panik got paid like a 20 goal scorer and promptly disappeared. Don’t forget he was suspended for sleeping through a practice or game day skate shortly after the Hawks acquired him. Inconsistency has been the one hallmark of his career, despite his physical tools. In my mind he best serves a team as a 4th line grinder that can pot 5-10 goals a year with limited ice time. But plenty of guys can do that.

    Love Duclair’s potential. He was quite the get for Arizona in that deal with NY. But HHNL is right there must be more than meets the eye here because all things being equal you wouldn’t be able to swing this kind of deal. Plus, we get out from Panik’s overpaid salary next season, which alone was reason enough to make this deal.

    But the kid has to perform. Just because we are getting young, fast, and cheap, does not mean good. Getting young, fast, and cheap is easy. Getting a team to win consistently in an NHL with unprecedented parity is pretty difficult. And young guys, from college or the AHL or juniors, have a big adjustment to make when transitioning to the NHL against the best players in the world. Some make that jump, some can’t. But this trade was well worth the risk, imo.

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