However, it cost them star forward Artemi Panarin. 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. Just days after reportedly being close to an extension with the Chicago Blackhawks, Brandon Saad found himself traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Combined with the Niklas Hjalmarsson deal, it seems the Blackhawks are shedding short-term deals for long-term ones. In his rookie season following his jump from the KHL to the NHL, Panarin scored 30 goals and 77 points in 80 games en route to the 2016 Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the league's top rookie.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman promised change after his team was bounced in the opening round of the playoffs.
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The Blackhawks are trading away the 25-year-old Panarin after two incredibly successful seasons with the team. The Arizona Coyotes have acquired Hjalmarsson in a trade with the Blackhawks. Chicago additionally sent forward Tyler Motte and its sixth-round pick (170th overall) in the 2017 draft to Columbus in the deal and received goaltender Anton Forsberg and a 2018 fifth-round pick from the Blue Jackets. "All I can say is you do your best and we gave it a real good shot".
The 24-year-old Saad spent his first four seasons with Chicago, helping the Blackhawks win two Stanley Cup championships. His return should help make up for the loss of Marian Hossa, who announced this week that he won't play next season because of severe side effects from medication to treat a progressive skin disorder.
He scored 24 goals and 29 assists in 82 games in Columbus last season. Dauphin, 22, has played in 32 career games with the Coyotes over the last two seasons, scoring three goals and one assist.