Today the Chicago Blackhawks traded F Artemi Panarin, F Tyler Motte and a 6th round pick in 2017 to the Columbus Blue Jackets for F Brandon Saad, G Anton Forsberg and a 5th round pick in 2018.

Panarin, 25, finished second on the Blackhawks in goals (31) and points (74) this season and was a Second Team All-Star. The former Calder Trophy Winner back in the 2015-2016 season, signed a two-year $7 million in 2015 from Russia. This year the team recently signed him to a two-year $12 million extension that runs through the 2018-2019 season.

Panarin brings an offensive element that the Blue Jackets desperately need. “Artemi Panarin was the best rookie in the NHL two years ago…and is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the NHL” Columbus General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen said.

Saad had recently left the Blackhawks after being traded to the Blue Jackets in summer of 2015. This year, Saad had 53 points (24 goals, 29 assists) for the Blue Jackets and was going to be an integral part of their future. Saad signed a six-year $36 million deal back in 2015 and was hoping to bring the leadership and playoff experience that he had learned from his Blackhawk championship teams in 2013 and 2015. Now with three years left, Chicago will hope that Saad can help the Blackhawks regain their winning ways and make another run for the Stanley Cup.

The Blue Jackets also get Tyler Motte, a prospect with very high hopes. Motte can grow in a system like Columbus. He can definitely reach his full potential with having a lot more ice-time he would have received than in Chicago.

Anton Forsberg was an additional haul for the Blackhawks. A backup goaltender to replace Scott Darling who is scheduled to leave in free agency.