Artemi Panarin Trade
June 23, 2017: The day of the NHL draft in 2017 was one that changed the direction of the Chicago Blackhawks for years to come. The team sent Niklas Hjalmarsson packing to Arizona and Artemi Panarin to Columbus.
A short time after getting Panarin to sign a bridge contract with the Blackhawks, Stan Bowman traded him away for Brandon Saad. Hockey is a business, but that seems a little cold. There was more money on the table for Panarin but he stuck with the Blackhawks on a generous deal, and the team rewarded him by trading him to Columbus not that long after.
This is a trade I would outright stop with my time machine. The other deals on this list I feel like I could convince Bowman to stop, but this one in particular needs to be undone. Chicago has lost a handful of Brandon Saad trades over the years, and stopping this one would enable the team to never get Nikita Zadorov.
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Patrick Kane is a hall of fame player no matter what, but can you imagine some of the seasons he would have had the past few years with Panarin still by his side? Sure Panarin would have gotten a pay raise after his 6 million dollar deal was going to be up, but I do not think he was going to kill the team’s cap space entirely. Maybe the Blackhawks never miss the playoffs if they keep Panarin, or maybe Patrick Kane wins another Hart Trophy or two with such a good linemate. We will never know.