No. 8: Acquiring Richard Panik
In the 10 worst things from 2016 post, I noted how general manager Stan Bowman had a rough time with his trade-deadline acquisitions this year. I did point out, however, that I didn’t consider the addition of Richard Panik to fall in that category, mostly because he was acquired in early January.
But also, Panik has been a solid role player for Chicago since arriving from Toronto. He was toiling away in the AHL when the Blackhawks took him off the Leafs’ hands in exchange for Jeremy Morin. I’d say the Blackhawks got the good end of that deal.
Panik had a nice little burst in the Blackhawks’ lone playoff series this year, following up eight points in 30 regular-season games with Chicago with three points in six postseason tilts. That fire pushed right into the 2016-17 season, which saw Panik rapidly scoring goals to open the campaign.
Panik has since cooled off but still has 15 points in 37 games this season while making himself a serviceable third-liner with Dennis Rasmussen and Marcus Kruger. Morin, meanwhile, isn’t even with the Leafs organization anymore, playing for Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate in Syracuse. Nice dealing here, Stan.