Coyotes get D Niklas Hjalmarsson in trade with Blackhawks

Beth Cruz
June 24, 2017

Chicago made two trades on Friday morning, parting ways with Niklas Hjalmarsson and winger Artemi Panarin, among other assets.

A day after the Edmonton Oilers shipped Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders, another playoff team has traded away a high-profile forward.

The Blackhawks also received goaltender Anton Forsberg and a 2018 fifth-round draft pick in Friday's trade in exchange for forwards Panarin and Tyler Motte and Chicago's sixth-round selection on Saturday.

Bringing back Saad, who was dealt to the Blue Jackets as a pending restricted free agent in 2015, is probably a welcome move for Chicago, which was going to have trouble meeting Panarin's own demands as a future free agent. Toews and Saad played together on Chicago's top line for much of the time during his previous stint with the team. The deal was announced less than an hour after Hjalmarsson, a stalwart for the Blackhawks, was traded to Arizona for defenseman Connor Murphy and forward Laurent Dauphin. Saad scored 24 goals and 26 assists for the Blue Jackets last season. Hjalmarsson, 30, was a key player in the Blackhawks recent run of three Stanley Cups and his played his entire 10-year career in Chicago. Saad, 24, won two Stanley Cups in four seasons with the Blackhawks before being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets prior to last season in exchange for Artem Anisimov and Marko Dano. The Russian native has 61 goals and 90 assists in 162 games in the National Hockey League since coming over from the KHL. The Swede had five goals, 13 assists and a team-high 181 blocked shots in 73 games last season. He was drafted by the team with the 43rd overall pick in 2011 and proved to be a tremendous two-way forward with scoring potential in his three seasons with the team. "His rookie year will always rank among the best in franchise history and his exciting style of play provided many memorable moments for our fans during his two seasons as a member of the team".

The native of Pittsburgh played his first four National Hockey League seasons with Chicago.

Murphy, 24, picked up two goals and 15 assists for 17 points and 45 penalty minutes in 77 games this past season.

As for the financials, Hjalmarsson has two years remaining on a five-year, $20.5 million deal with a $4.1M average annual cap hit.

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