The Chicago Blackhawks are not done wheeling and dealing. Moments after trading Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Arizona Coyotes, the Blackhawks have sent forwards Artemi Panarin and Tyler Motte to Columbus for Brandon Saad and goaltender Anton Forsberg.
Also going back in the trade is a draft pick swap. The Blackhawks get Columbus’ fifth-round pick in 2018 and the Blue Jackets get Chicago’s sixth-round pick this year.
Elliotte Friedman first had the scoop minutes after the Hjalmarsson deal went down:
I think there are other pieces...but Panarin is going to CLB and Saad is going back to CHI— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 23, 2017
Panarin won the Calder Trophy back in 2016 with the Blackhawks, and has 151 points in 162 games. The 25-year-old was a steal for the Blackhawks after departing from the KHL to sign in Chicago. Panarin signed a two-year, $12 million deal at the end of 2016.
Saad is a former Blackhawk, as he was traded in June 2015 to the Blue Jackets. The 24-year-old winger had 53 points in 82 games for Columbus last season. Saad is in year three of a six-year, $36 million deal signed back in 2015.