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?