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Former Chicago Blackhawk Anthony Duclair signs with Blue Jackets

By Samuel Boland
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 08: Anthony Duclair
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 08: Anthony Duclair /

On Thursday, July 5th, former Chicago Blackhawk Anthony Duclair signed a 1-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Earlier in the summer, the Chicago Blackhawks declined to pick up the qualifying offer on 22-year old winger Anthony Duclair’s contract. Had they not waived their rights, they would’ve had Duclair on a one-year, $1.2 million cap hit.

Instead, he singed with a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets for $650,000, as reported by Renaud Levoie of TVZ Sports.

Duclair at $650,000 is a steal for Columbus. Though his last performance didn’t earn him $1.2 million from the Hawks, it does earn him a second chance in Columbus on a one-way deal. Circumstances weren’t on Duclair’s side as the Hawks are in a salary cap pinch and don’t have unlimited money, or roster spaces, to hand out.

Duclair’s Past Performance

At only 22, Duclair has been in the league since 2014-15 when he was drafted in the third round by the New York Rangers. He put up 7 points on 1 goal and 6 assists in just 18 NHL games as a 19-year old rookie. He played his next two and a half seasons with the Arizona Coyotes. In 2015-16 he played his best year of hockey to date, putting up 44 points on 20 goals and 22 assists.

Unfortunately, Duclair simply hasn’t been able to recreate that season.

After struggling in his third year with Arizona, the Coyotes send him to the Blackhawks in exchange for Richard Panik last season. The hope was that a change of scenery would spark Duclair back into being that 20-goal scoring player he once was. In 23 games with the Hawks, Anthony lacked consistent offensive production and tallied just 8 points on 2 goals and 6 assists. That “change of scenery” plan didn’t quite work out.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are hoping maybe this time that plan will. After all, Duclair has very legitimate NHL-level speed and was once thought to have enormous potential. He now joins Jean-Francois Berube in Columbus.