Blackhawks get Saad back in trade with Blue Jackets

Sabres goalie prospect Petersen won't sign, Botterill 'disappointed'

Murphy, 24, was a first-round pick for Arizona in 2011.

Trading season has truly taken over the National Hockey League. The team announced Thursday on the eve of the National Hockey League draft that coach Dave Tippett was out after eight seasons.

The Edmonton Oilers, meanwhile, finally traded scoring winger Jordan Eberle to NY for Ryan Strome and extra cap space for looming contracts to Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid.

Bowman didn't hide his disappointment, anger and frustration when he spoke after Chicago was eliminated in the first round for the second straight spring.

"The chemistry is there right away", Bowman said of Saad's return. "We just couldn't come to an agreement".

He added: "There will be change moving forward". The Hawks won't be better next season for this deal wither, as this move was made purely for money and to get a bit younger.

The Blackhawks netted youngish defenceman Connor Murphy in the swap that sent Hjalmarsson out and also scooped up Darling's likely replacement, Anton Forsberg, in the Panarin deal.


While playing on a line with Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane, it was clear that Panarin fit in perfectly with what the Blackhawks were trying to accomplish. Concerned about their ability to re-sign Saad when he became a restricted free agent in 2015, the Blackhawks traded the rugged winger to the Blue Jackets.

With news that Marian Hossa will be out for next season - and that his career may be over - thanks to a skin disorder, Chicago is left with his contract without any production. The Hawks had struggled to find a replacement for Saad since he left.

Panarin finished with 31 goals and 43 assists in 82 games for the Blackhawks last season, his second in Chicago.

He had 24 goals and 29 assists in 82 games for Columbus last season. He scored 16 points (10G, 6A) in 43 goals with Rockford past year. He's nowhere near Panarin's equal in terms of skill or offensive upside, but does offer the Blackhawks a familiar winger for captain Jonathan Toews, who struggled in the first half last season.

Stepan, 27, is fresh off a 17-goal, 55 point season and has four seasons left on a deal that carries a $6.5 million United States salary cap hit. They reportedly also acquired centre Derek Stepan and goalie Antti Raanta from the New York Rangers in exchange for young defencemen Anthony DeAngelo and the seventh overall pick in this draft.

"We are very pleased to acquire Niklas", Coyotes GM John Chayka said in a statement.

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