Blackhawks Trade Artemi Panarin to Blue Jackets for Brandon Saad

Posted June 24, 2017

Panarin flourished while skating on Patrick Kane's line during his two seasons with the Blackhawks, racking up a highly impressive 151 points (61 goals, 90 assists) in 162 contests.

The 24-year-old Murphy had two goals and a career-high 15 assists in 77 games with Arizona last season.

The native of Pittsburgh played his first four National Hockey League seasons with Chicago.

"His rookie year will always rank among the best in franchise history and his exciting style of play provided many memorable moments for our fans during his two seasons as a member of the team", said Bowman of Panarin, a native of Korkino, Russia. Tyler has a bright future in this league and we appreciate his contributions and hard work he put in. Saad is also signed to a deal that will pay him $6 million per season, though his deal lasts for four years rather than Panarin's two - a factor that might have been taken into consideration when making the swap for the Blackhawks.

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We'll have more details as they come in on this breaking story. "And his intensity and all-around game is second to none". Winning two Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks while playing alongside captain Jonathan Toews and often veteran forward Marian Hossa, Saad was a young player proving to have a high ceiling and a championship pedigree early on in his career.

It's clear from their moves that the Coyotes will try to improve on five straight seasons without playoffs, though the additions of Hjalmarsson, Stepan and Raanta hardly move the needle much - the latter costing the club the seventh overall pick on Friday. On Wednesday, the NHL named the left winger to the NHL Second All-Star Team, his first such honor. 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.

Motte, 22, split time between Chicago and the Blackhawks AHL affiliate in Rockford during the 2016-17 season. He's durable, having only missed 11 games over the last four seasons, and has earned his reputation as a reliable top-four defensive defenseman. He completed a three-year career at the University of MI in 2016, finishing with 105 points (50G, 55A) in 107 career games with the Wolverines.

The Blackhawks didn't wait for the start of the NHL Draft to make headlines Friday.