Panarin will now join a team in Columbus that appears to be on the cusp of something special while Saad rejoins his old team in Chicago. It also decided against re-signing captain Shane Doan after 21 years with the franchise, and then announced Thursday that Dave Tippett was out after eight seasons in a mutual agreement between the coach and the franchise.
Chicago re-acquired Brandon Saad and parted with Niklas Hjalmarsson and Artemi Panarin in a pair of surprising trades Friday, giving the Blackhawks a younger look and more cost certainty for their roster. In the first trade, the Blackhawks traded defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defensemen Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin, the team announced.
The Blackhawks are trading away the 25-year-old Panarin after two incredibly successful seasons with the team.
The trade comes with Arizona in a bit of turmoil.
Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, he comes at the expense of Panarin, who put up back-to-back 30-goal seasons and recorded 151 points in 162 National Hockey League games.
The Blackhawks also got goaltender Anton Forsberg and a fifth-round pick in 2018 in return for strikers Panarin and Tyler Motte and a sixth-round pick on Saturday.
"I certainly like the fact that we're getting younger", Bowman said. Murphy, 24, recently completed his fourth season in the NHL and had 2 goals and 15 assists in 77 games last season with the Coyotes, who selected Murphy with the 20th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft.
The 24-year-old Saad spent his first four seasons with Chicago, helping the Blackhawks win two Stanley Cup championships.
Could Chicago deal Marian Hossa's contract? 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.