Blackhawks: 3 Players I Would Take Back In A Heartbeat

Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks
Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

Artemi Panarin

Losing Artemi Panarin in 2017 was one of the worst trades in Blackhawks history. It’s up there with trading away Phil Esposito. It’s still mind-boggling to many fans. I don’t like it when fans say “we couldn’t have kept him now anyway.”  Well, Panarin himself admitted that he would have taken a pay cut to stay in Chicago.

Panarin right now is a top-scorer in the NHL with 95 points on the season. In just 69 games, he’s already broken his career-high in goals (32) and his career-high in assists (63). He really is turning into a mini-Kane.

Kane is an amazing player, he makes everyone around him look like a star, but he and Panarin were a match made in ‘hockey heaven’. Maybe the Blackhawks have missed the playoffs, most-likely, three years in a row because of this trade. The hockey gods are annoyed with Stan Bowman.

That’s a joke there, I don’t believe that at all. I do believe that this will go down as one of the worst trades in NHL history though.

Look, I love Brandon Saad. He is a fantastic two-way player, but he isn’t on the same level as Panarin. If he was traded back for Teravainen for example, I wouldn’t complain. Saad and Teravainen are on the same level. Panarin is on Kane’s level though.

The 28-year-old forward has a lot of hockey left in him. He will win at least one Stanley Cup with the Rangers. The sad thing is, he probably could have won multiple with Kane.

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Trading Panarin away might have cost the Blackhawks a couple of Stanley Cups. We don’t know what we don’t know, but it’s a safe bet to say Kane and Panarin would have won at least one Stanley Cup together.