Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks’ 2016 Trades And Signings In Review

By Sean Fitzgerald
Dec 18, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Richard Panik (14) and San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) go for the puck during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 18, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Richard Panik (14) and San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) go for the puck during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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"Dec 18, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Richard Panik (14) and San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) go for the puck during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports"

It’s time for a look back at the year that was in Chicago Blackhawks transactions

As I did last year, I will be taking a look at every move the Chicago Blackhawks organization made during the 2016 calendar year. It will be trades, signings and players being released during that time. I will rate the move, the initial reaction and the current reaction to each move.

Early-year moves

January 3rd, 2016: The Blackhawks trade Jeremy Morin to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Richard Panik.

Initial Reaction: The Blackhawks traded Morin, again, for who? Who is Richard Panik? This guy might be an AHL guy.

Current Assessment: Morin was player the Blackhawks reacquired in the Brandon Saad deal. Morin was never going to play again at the NHL Level with the Blackhawks. Morin got the team Paink, who has turned out to be a useful player.

Panik had six goals and two assists during the 2015-16 regular season with the ’Hawks. He then had three assists against Blues in the Western Conference quarterfinals. Morin never played for the Leafs. He spent the rest of the year in the AHL. He is now in the AHL with Tampa Bay.

Grade: A

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