Blackhawks: 5 Biggest Mistakes Made in 2010s

Brent Seabrook #7, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks
Artemi Panarin #10, New York Rangers (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

2- The Artemi Panarin Trade To Columbus

The Columbus Blue Jackets had Brandon Saad, and for some reason, we thought that Saad for Panarin was a straight-up great trade. Stan Bowman might want that one back at the end of his career.

While I understand the need for Brandon Saad at the time in the hopes that he would bring back Jonathan Toews’s play and help the Blackhawks defensively in a way that Marion Hossa did. Giving away Artemi Panarin was just too much of a price.

The ‘Hawks already had Panarin signed for the next two seasons, and yet they gave him away. When you look at Panarin now in New York you see the difference-maker he is night in and night out. He basically has shown that he can win a Hart trophy without any talent to help score goals, and yet we gave him away.

I hope Panarin has success in his career, and I hope he wins a Stanley cup. I will take it one step further though. If the Blackhawks are ever going to trade Patrick Kane, I hope it is to New York so that Kane and Panarin can play on the same team again. Now, I do not know if this is ever going to happen, I am just saying hypothetically.

So that is the worst trade of the 2010s but what about the worst contract?