Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NHL trade review: Blackhawks acquire Duclair



                The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward Anthony Duclair and D Adam Clendening from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for F Richard Panik and F Laurent Dauphin.

                The Blackhawks lack two things: depth and youth. They get that in Duclair. Yes, they trade Panik, who has played well with Jonathan Toews ever since coming to Chicago. Clendening won't get much NHL time, though.

                Duclair, 22, has scored nine goals and six assists for 15 points in 33 games for the Coyotes this year.  In his NHL career for the Coyotes and New York Rangers, Duclair has scored 35 goals and 46 assists for 81 points in 190 games.

                Clendening, 25, has two assists in five games for the Coyotes this year. In his NHL career for the Coyotes, Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks, Clendening has scored four goals and 20 assists for 24 points in 86 games.

                For the Coyotes, Duclair recently requested a trade, so the time had come to deal him. They are able to get an ok winger in Panik, and retain Dauphin, who was traded to Chicago in the Niklas Hjalmarsson trade.

               Panik, 26, has scored six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 37 games this year for the Blackhawks. In his NHL career for the Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning, Panik has scored 53 points and 54 assists for 107 points in 300 games.

               Dauphin, 22, hasn't played in the NHL this year, and scored three goals, plus an assist for four points in 32 career games for the Coyotes.

              I think the Blackhawks win this trade. They unload Panik's big contract signed this Summer, and get a guy in Duclair who's seeking redemption. Dauphin isn't too big of a prospect, so it's not a big deal.

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