The 26-year old Panik was drafted 52nd overall in the 2nd round of the 2009 draft by the Lightning. He carries a $2.8 million cap hit.
The 22-year old Dauphin was drafted 39th overall in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft by the Coyotes. He carries a $745,000 cap hit.
The 22-year old Duclair was drafted 80th overall in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft by the Rangers. He carries a $1.2 million cap hit.
The 25-year old Clendening was drafted 36th overall in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft by the Blackhawks. He carries a $650,000 cap hit.
Some thoughts from the media …
Mark Lazerus: “Richard Panik’s contract was one of Stan Bowman’s biggest mistakes. Good on him to realize it and get rid of it quickly rather than be stubborn about it.”
NHL Numbers: “Panik has 16 points in 37 games and has one year after this at $2.8M – Duclair has 15 points in 33 games and will be an RFA after this season – Laurent Daupin was involved in the Nik Hjalmarsson deal this summer – Adam Clendening is… Adam Clendening”
Matt Larkin: “This Duclair acquisition is reason #156 why the Hawks are the Patriots of the NHL. Find players with upside at bargain prices. Even Panik was one of those when they first got him!”
Sean Shapiro: “Stan Bowman always finds a trade or a loophole to get out of a bad contract. It’s rather impressive”
Jonathan Willis: “Chicago is getting a guy who can play, and for not much money.”
Jonathan Willis: “Clendening won’t count against the cap because he’s only making $650K, but as it’s a one-way deal including him the other way allows Arizona to reduce the real dollars it’s taking on.”
Brennan Klak: “Dauphin was originally with the
#Coyotes before being part of the Hjalmarsson deal. Panik carries a 2.8M cap hit. Looking at it right now, #Blackhawks win due to Duclair’s upside but this deal is full of inconsistency.”