The latter deal will see Brandon Saad return to the Blackhawks after two seasons with Columbus. 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. The Russian forward's production may dip a bit in 2017-18 since he'll no longer be receiving passes from Kane, but he'll still be an extremely valuable asset in all fantasy formats.
The Blackhawks also picked up depth forward Laurent Dauphin in the deal with Arizona while sending out Tyler Motte in the trade with Columbus, which also saw the two teams swap picks.
"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", general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement about the Hjalmarsson trade. Selected 20th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft by the Coyotes, Murphy is the son of former NHL defenseman, and current Philadelphia Flyers assistant coach, Gord Murphy.
Hjalmarsson, 30, has played his entire ten-year career with Chicago and was a member of three Stanley Cup champion teams (2010, 2013 and 2015). Saad returns to the Blackhawks where he was a two-time Stanley Cup victor with Chicago, winning in 2013 and 2015.
CBJ general manager Jarmo Kekalainen calls Panarin, "One of the most dynamic offensive players in the National Hockey League". He's durable, having only missed 11 games over the last four seasons, and has earned his reputation as a reliable top-four defensive defenseman. The 25-year-old was named to the All-NHL second team (alongside the likes of Sidney Crosby) at the league's awards show earlier this week after amassing 31 goals and 43 assists this season.
Panarin agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract extension in December that runs through the 2018-19 season, while Saad's $36 million, six-year contract runs through the 2020-21 season.