Hitting The Panik Button
- Jeremy Morin
This is one of my personal favorite trades that Bowman has pulled off in recent years. Yes, it came at the expense of Morin being sent away from the Blackhawks, again. But the return from the Maple Leafs was tremendous as Panik, who was having trouble maintaining a spot in Toronto’s lineup, came to the Blackhawks and, in my opinion, played his way into being re-signed by Chicago this offseason.
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As mentioned before, Morin was doing nothing for the Blackhawks and was middling with the IceHogs, and when the Maple Leafs started selling off their pieces to get younger talent, Panik was available for Chicago to get ahold of.
Panik didn’t jump right off the plane and into the Blackhawks’ regular lineup. But slowly and surely, Panik couldn’t be denied his spot among the regular starters and even played a key role on the Blackhawks’ first and fourth lines at different points this year. Cherry on top of it all, look at Panik’s Game 6 performance against the Blues and you will see why I think he should be back with Chicago for the near future.
Grade: By not only getting Panik for this season in a one-for-one deal, but also having the potential to sign him to a longer deal at a relatively cheap price, which will be important for the Blackhawks this summer as they deal with the salary cap crunch yet again, this deal was a home run for Bowman. I give this an A grade, for sure, the only one on this list. (SPOILER)
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