Duclair traded to Blackhawks by Coyotes for Panik
Chicago acquires Clendening; Arizona gets Dauphinby Tracey Myers / NHL.com Staff Writer
CHICAGO -- Forward Anthony Duclair was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks by the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday.
Chicago also gets defenseman Adam Clendening, with Arizona receiving forwards Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin.
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Duclair, 22, has 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in 33 games this season, his fourth in the NHL, third with the Coyotes. He was traded from the New York Rangers to Arizona for defenseman Keith Yandle on March 1, 2015, and had 44 points (20 goals, 24 assists) in 81 games in 2015-16, his first full season with Arizona, then 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) last season.
"For us, it's gone back for a few years now where the team wasn't particularly happy with the player and the player wasn't particularly happy with the team," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said. "We worked through some things, tried a lot of different approaches in a lot of different ways. As things seemed to evolve, it kept coming back that it was probably best for a change of scenery for both sides. So, I've been trying to find a fit that made sense for Anthony and made sense for us. I felt this was our best opportunity.
"I'm a well-wisher. I wish [Anthony] nothing but the best and hope he has success in Chicago."
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Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said he first talked to Chayka about acquiring Duclair about a year ago but they couldn't agree on a trade. Talks picked up again over the last week or so.
"He's sort of a player that embodies what the NHL is all about now in terms of his speed and his ability to put the puck in the net," Bowman said. "I really like the way he skates. He brings the ability to be a really electrifying player. You have to give him some time; he's coming to a new team, so we'll be patient with him. But that element of speed and youth is something that was really important to us."
Panik, 26, who signed a two-year contract with the Blackhawks on May 11, has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 37 games. He had 44 points (22 goals, 22 assists) with Chicago last season.
He was a healthy scratch for five games this season, and his goal against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday was his first since Oct. 21, when he scored against the Coyotes.
"I think I had a really good training camp and I started pretty good and then I had a slump," Panik said. "It took a longer time than I expected to get out of it, and that's what I think cost me the job there.
"The plan for me is just to play my game. I think lately, the last few games, I've played really good. Just stay on that road and bring it every night and help them win a few games. That's where my main focus is."
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The Blackhawks played the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. Duclair could play Friday when they host the Winnipeg Jets. The Coyotes next play Friday when they host the Edmonton Oilers.
"[Panik] had a great year last year and probably hasn't had the consistency he wanted or we did this year," Bowman said. "But he still has a lot of good attributes to his game, so hopefully he'll do well there.
"In this case, Anthony's finding his way. It all happened so quick for him coming into the NHL as a young player. He had a lot of success right away and sometimes it's hard to duplicate that. But I like the way he's persevered this year and hopefully this opportunity is great for him."
Clendening, 25, has two assists in five NHL games this season, and five points (one goal, four assists) in 21 games with Tucson of the American Hockey League. Dauphin, 22, has played 32 NHL games, including 24 with the Coyotes last season (two goals, one assist). He has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 33 games with Rockford of the AHL.