Blackhawks trade for Coyotes winger Duclair


The Chicago Blackhawks acquired disgruntled winger Anthony Duclair from the Arizona Coyotes after he reportedly requested a trade from the team.

The Blackhawks shipped forwards Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin to the Coyotes for Duclair and defenseman Adam Clendening.

Duclair, 22, has 15 points in 33 games with the Coyotes this season. A restricted free agent this summer, Duclair wanted out from Arizona because he was relegated to playing 13:27 per game, but has tremendous potential: He’s two years removed from a 20-goal, 24-assist season for Arizona. Duclair was originally drafted 80th overall by the New York Rangers in 2013.

Panik, 26, had six goals and 10 assists in 37 games for the Blackhawks this season. He was seen as a disappointment for Chicago this season, having gone 11 straight games without a point during one stretch after having earned a two-year contract extension worth $2.8 million against the cap after a 22-goal season in 2016-17.

“Richard Panik is a big, skilled winger who is an excellent goal scorer,” said Coyotes general manager John Chayka. “He’s also a strong two-way forward with great speed and provides a veteran presence. He will be a nice addition to our forward group.”

Dauphin, 22, was traded from the Coyotes to the Blackhawks in June, in a deal that brought defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona. “We are pleased to re-acquire Laurent Dauphin,” said Chayka. “He’s a good skater and a reliable player with a lot of upside. We’re happy to have him back.”

Clendening played four games for the Blackhawks in 2014-15. Since then, he’s played for five different NHL teams.

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