Blackhawks trade Richard Panik to Coyotes

Blackhawks trade Richard Panik to Coyotes

A day after scoring his first goal since Oct. 21, Richard Panik is on the move.

The Blackhawks have traded Panik and prospect Laurent Dauphin to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for 22-year-old forward Anthony Duclair and Adam Clendening, the team announced Wednesday. No salary was retained, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

The trade should come to no one's surprise, as Panik has been a victim of the healthy scratch multiple times this season.

The 26-year-old foward had the best season of his career last season with the Blackhawks, recording 22 goals and 22 assists. It earned him a two-year, $5.6 million extension this past May.

But things have been quite the opposite this season. Panik has struggled to make an impact, having just six goals and 10 assists in 37 games.

"He had a great year last year and probably hasn’t had the consistency he wanted or we did this year," Stan Bowman told reporters Wednesday. "But he still has a lot of good attributes to his game so hopefully he’ll do well there."

In 33 games this season, Duclair has nine goals and six assists. He is a pending restricted free agent with a $1.2 million cap hit.

"I really like the way he skates, he brings the ability to be a really electrifying player," Bowman said. "You have to give him some time. He’s coming to a new team so we’ll be patient with him. But that element of speed and youth is something that was really important to us."

A familiar face is also coming back in the trade.

Clendening was selected by the Blackhawks in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft. In 2015, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Gustav Forsling. The 25-year-old defenseman signed a one-year contract with the Coyotoes in July, but has yet to play this season.

Where do Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews rank among NHL jersey sales in 2017-18?


Where do Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews rank among NHL jersey sales in 2017-18?

The NHL announced their final jersey sales from the 2017-18 regular season, and there's a new name at No. 1.

Reigning Calder Trophy winner Auston Matthews edged out last season's winner Sidney Crosby as the top-selling jersey after finishing fourth in 2016-17.

The Blackhawks may have missed the playoffs for the first time since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were rookies, but that's not stopping fans from purchasing their merchandise.

Each of them stayed inside the top 10, although it's a drop-off from a year ago when Kane was second and Toews was third.

Here what the rest of the Top 15 looked like:

A behind-the-scenes look at Dylan Sikura's journey from college to Blackhawks

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A behind-the-scenes look at Dylan Sikura's journey from college to Blackhawks

It's not often you see NHL-ready players stay all four years of college, but that's exactly what Dylan Sikura did because of his desire to help Northeastern win a championship and also complete school.

It fueled a little speculation among the fanbase about whether Sikura would actually sign with the Blackhawks after his season ended, probably because it happened to them before when Kevin Hayes, their 24th overall pick in 2010, decided to test the market after college in 2014.

But the Blackhawks were confident all along that Sikura would ink an entry-level deal once his career at Northeastern ended and he did.

In a web documentary released on Friday, the Blackhawks provided a behind-the-scenes look at Sikura's journey from college to the NHL, reaffirming that internal belief from the beginning.

It's well-done, and covers a lot of ground in 11 minutes and 38 seconds, ranging from following him around to class, practices and games, taking us inside the Blackhawks' pro scout mid-season meetings and Sikura's arrival at O'Hare Airport and leading up to his NHL debut on March 29.

Check it out here: