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.