Coyotes get D Niklas Hjalmarsson in trade with Blackhawks

In exchange for Artemi Panarin, Chicago is bringing Brandon Saad back from Columbus.

Goaltender Anton Forsberg is also headed to Chicago with a 2018 fifth-round draft pick, while the Blue Jackets receive left-winger Tyler Motte and a sixth-rounder in this weekend's draft at the United Center in Chicago in addition to Panarin. Saad returns to the Blackhawks where he was a two-time Stanley Cup victor with Chicago, winning in 2013 and 2015.

The 30-year-old Hjalmarsson, who is the most notable name among the aforementioned trio, had spent his entire National Hockey League career as a member of the Blackhawks prior to being shipped across the country on Friday morning.

"Niklas' contributions to the three Stanley Cup championship teams are well known but his dependability as a teammate, selfless attitude and the way he represented the Chicago Blackhawks on and off the ice are what made him such a beloved member of the organization", said Chicago Blackhawks Senior Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman.

The question is whether Saad, who had 24 goals and 53 points for the Blue Jackets last season, can take another step forward with his offence.

In the Hjalmarsson deal, the Hawks pick up a pair of young defensemen in Murphy and Dauphin.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Coyotes also acquired Niklas Hjalmarsson in a trade with the Blackhawks on Friday, adding a dependable defenseman during a time of turmoil for the franchise.

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Panarin scored 61 goals and dished out 90 assists in two seasons with the Blackhawks. The 25-year-old Russian had 31 goals and 43 assists in 82 games last season.

Now a veteran defenseman and three-time Stanley Cup Champion, Hjalmarsson most recently appeared in 73 regular-season games in what would become his final go-round as a member of the Blackhawks.

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