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Clendening and Dauphin returned to their drafting teams

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The Arizona Coyotes announced yesterday that Anthony Duclair and Adam Clendening were traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in a four player deal. Richard Panik, the right wing from Martin, Slovakia will be joining the Coyotes roster while Laurent Dauphin will be returning to his old team the Tucson Roadrunners.

Stephen Whyno of AP News reported that the Duclair deal was a long time in the making and that both sides had agreed that it needed to happen.

Panik and Duclair are similar players in that both have had struggles and both were seen as needing fresh starts by their organizations. Even their 5-on-5 adjusted stats for the last three seasons are similar:

Duclair/Panik previous three seasons

Player Season Team Position GP TOI G A P P1 P/60 CF CA CF% Rel CF% GF GA G+/- GF% Rel GF% PDO
Player Season Team Position GP TOI G A P P1 P/60 CF CA CF% Rel CF% GF GA G+/- GF% Rel GF% PDO
ANTHONY.DUCLAIR 2015-2016 ARI L 81 914.2 12 19 31 22 2.03 720.36 765.85 48.47 2.83 44.95 26.94 18.01 62.53 18.59 105.13
RICHARD.PANIK 2015-2016 CHI R 30 313.61 6 2 8 7 1.53 253 257.6 49.55 0.07 10.76 7.57 3.19 58.7 9.89 102.59
ANTHONY.DUCLAIR 2016-2017 ARI L 58 680.33 5 8 13 11 1.15 529.57 640.19 45.27 0.27 24.76 25.86 -1.1 48.91 6.94 101.18
RICHARD.PANIK 2016-2017 CHI R 82 1042.86 16 16 32 24 1.84 842.71 846.94 49.87 -1.08 48.68 35.98 12.7 57.5 3.59 102.92
ANTHONY.DUCLAIR 2017-2018 ARI L 33 362.02 5 4 9 7 1.49 296.03 328.94 47.37 1.17 8.6 13.99 -5.39 38.07 3.68 97.71
RICHARD.PANIK 2017-2018 CHI R 37 446.63 3 7 10 7 1.34 470.83 370.59 55.96 5.09 17.5 16.68 0.82 51.2 -1.27 99.4
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That is mainly where the similarities end. Panik is older, his contract is longer and more expensive than Duclair’s was. Even though the contract was bad for the cap-strapped Blackhawks it’s nowhere near a dent in the Coyotes’ cap space. According to multiple reports this isn’t a case of the Coyotes taking on a bad contract but General Manager John Chayka thinks Panik will be able to contribute to the team.

The 22-year-old Dauphin has registered 4-10-14 in 33 games with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs this season. He returns to the Roadrunners where he had a record of 17-11-28 in 38 games in 2016-17.

Clendening had a record of 1-4-5 in 21 games with the Roadrunners this season. He’ll be returning to the IceHogs where he played 185 games between 2012 and 2015.