Earlier today there was a report that Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman would not be looking to make any trades before the deadline and he waited just a few hours to debunk that theory!
As first reported by Pierre LeBrun, the Chicago Blackhawks have traded forwards Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin to the Arizona Coyotes for forward Anthony Duclair and defenseman Adam Clendening.
Duclair has been on the market for a few weeks as the Coyotes wanted to give the 22-year-old forward a fresh start. He had 20 goals in his first season in Arizona back in 2015-16 season, but has just 14 goals since. He will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Panik was given a two-year deal worth $5.6 million after a career-high 22 goals and 44 points last year, but he has been a bust this year with just six goals and has had trouble staying in the lineup. The Blackhawks will be happy to shed his salary cap hit.
Dauphin is heading back to Arizona after being part of the Niklas Hjlarmarsson trade in June. He has spent the entire season in the AHL. Clendening was originally drafted by the Blackhawks and was traded to Vancouver for Gustav Forsling back in 2015.
Believe the trade is: Panik and Dauphin for Duclair and Clendening.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 10, 2018