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Chicago Blackhawks acquire forward Anthony Duclair from the Arizona Coyotes

Richard Panik has been dealt to Arizona in a depth move for both sides.

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The Chicago Blackhawks are making moves early in 2018, as they have traded forward Richard Panik to Arizona for 22-year-old Coyotes forward Anthony Duclair. The news was first reported by hockey insider Elliotte Friedman on Wednesday evening, then confirmed by Chicago Sun-Times reporter Mark Lazerus‏.

Other players are reportedly moving in this deal. Sportsnet reporter Nick Kypreos‏ first reported that defenseman Adam Clendening is headed to Chicago in the deal, then Pierre LeBrun confirmed that Laurent Dauphin would head to Arizona.

Duclair has been the subject of trade rumors out of Arizona for the last few weeks. He was good in his rookie season for the Coyotes, as he posted 20 goals and 24 assists in 81 games after being acquired as a part of the trade that sent Keith Yandle to New York. Since then, Duclair has posted 30 points in 91 games, and his contract is up at the end of this season, making him an easy piece to move on Arizona’s part.

This year, Duclair has struggled along with the rest of the Coyotes squad, as he has 15 points in 33 games. The young forward also spent a bit of time as a healthy scratch this season due to his scoring woes.

Also going to Chicago in the deal is Clendening, a 25-year-old defenseman who has played just five games this season for the Coyotes.

Heading Arizona’s way is Panik, a 26-year-old right winger who has 16 points in 37 games for the Blackhawks this season. The Coyotes don’t get much back in terms of points for Duclair with Panik alongside Dauphin, who has four points in 32 career games.

Panik is in the first year of a two-year, $5.6 million deal with an AAV of $2.8 million. Dauphin is in the final year of his entry-level deal signed in 2014, which he signed when he was drafted by the Coyotes with the 39th overall pick in 2013.