Coyotes get D Niklas Hjalmarsson in trade with Blackhawks

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He goes to Columbus along with forward Tyler Motte and a sixth-round pick in this year's draft in exchange for Saad, goaltending prospect Anton Forsberg, and a fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft.

Hjalmarsson, who has played his whole career in Chicago, holds the franchise record for most playoff game appearances by a defenseman. Both players are earning $6-million next season and their ages are separated by only one year. But, the difference is that Bowman knows he wouldn't be able to afford the Bread Man when his contract expired in two years.

The Blackhawks are trading away the 25-year-old Panarin after two incredibly successful seasons with the team. Darling was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Chicago Blackhawks have re-acquired forward Brandon Saad in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets, parting with top young forward Artemi Panarin to complete the blockbuster deal. He has a career National Hockey League record of 1-8-0 and in 10 games alongside a 4.02 GAA and.879 save percentage and made one start with Columbus in 2016-17.

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The Blackhawks received defenseman Connor Murphy and center Laurent Dauphin from the Coyotes [for Hjalmarsson].

Hjalmarsson finished with five goals and 13 assists in 73 games last season, while Panarin had 31 goals and 43 assists while playing in all 82 games.

The native of Pittsburgh played his first four National Hockey League seasons with Chicago.

Saad said he heard from Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and defenceman Brent Seabrook after the trade. The Hawks had struggled to find a replacement for Saad since he left.

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It's a lot of turmoil, but the Hawks are publicly saying all the right things.

CHICAGO (AP) - General manager Stan Bowman promised changes were coming after the Chicago Blackhawks were swept in the first round of the playoffs. "We're excited about the potential for this group".

Steve Cochran talks with Brandon Saad at the 2013 Blackhawks Convention.

"It's a complete failure when you measure it against the expectations that we have of ourselves", Bowman said. It marked the second time in his career that he appeared in 82 games (2014-15). A free agent signing out of Russia, Panarin added another 31 goals and 74 points this past season, a risky running mate to 2016 Hart trophy victor Patrick Kane.

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Well, one thing is for sure with all this activity.

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