The Chicago Blackhawks trading Artemi Panarin looks even worse today than when it first happened.
The Chicago Blackhawks made as boneheaded of a move as they can make on June 23rd, 2017 when they traded Artemi Panarin to the Columbus Blue Jackets to re-acquire Brandon Saad. This trade is going down as one of the single worst trades in the history of Chicago sports. There are so many layers to why it is a bad look for Stan Bowman and his staff but the fact that he is one of the ten best players in the National Hockey League is the biggest reason it looks bad.
Panarin signed a major seven-year contract with the New York Rangers that has an average annual value of 11.6 million dollars last summer. He proved that he is worth every penny in 2019-20 as he had 32 goals and 63 assists for 95 points in 69 games played before the COVID-19 pause. That is a 112 point pace over 82 games. All of that production has earned him a nomination for the Hart Trophy as the MVP of the league.