Blackhawks acquire Saad, Forsberg from Columbus for Panarin, Motte

He goes to Columbus along with forward Tyler Motte and a sixth-round pick in this year's draft in exchange for Saad, goaltending prospect Anton Forsberg, and a fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft. Concerned about their ability to re-sign Saad when he became a restricted free agent in 2015, the Blackhawks traded the rugged winger to the Blue Jackets. Dauphin, 22, has appeared in 32 National Hockey League games over the last two seasons. Motte, 22, scored four goals and three assists in 33 games for the Blackhawks a year ago in his rookie season.

The Blackhawks on Friday swapped left-wingers with Columbus, re-acquiring Brandon Saad for Artemi Panarin.

The Blackhawks received defensemen Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin in Friday's trade. 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. In June of that year the Blackhawks traded Saad to Columbus.

Yet the Blackhawks suffered a disappointing first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Nashville Predators this spring, and they'll try to return to their winning ways by welcoming back Saad, who helped Chicago win two Stanley Cups during his first three seasons with the club. Toews and Saad played together on Chicago's top line for much of the time during his previous stint with the team.

The trade comes with Arizona in a bit of turmoil.

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Panarin finished with 31 goals and 43 assists in 82 games for the Blackhawks last season, his second in Chicago.

"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", said Bowman of Panarin, a native of Korkino, Russia.

Hjalmarsson, a fourth-round pick in the 2005 draft, had 23 goals and 120 assists in 623 career games with Chicago.

Stepan, 27, is fresh off a 17-goal, 55 point season and has four seasons left on a deal that carries a $6.5 million U.S. salary cap hit.

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