Forward Anthony Duclair was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks by the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday, as Chicago also landed defenseman Adam Clendening, with Arizona receiving forwards Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin.
Fans knew it was going - so did the Coyotes and Duclair himself - who has requested a trade on several occasions during his time in Arizo
"For us, it's gone back for a few years now where the team wasn't particularly happy with the player and the player wasn't particularly happy with the team," Coyotes general manager John Chayka explained. "We worked through some things, tried a lot of different approaches in a lot of different ways. As things seemed to evolve, it kept coming back that it was probably best for a change of scenery for both sides. So, I've been trying to find a fit that made sense for Anthony and made sense for us. I felt this was our best opportunity.
"I'm a well-wisher. I wish [Anthony] nothing but the best and hope he has success in Chicago."
On Friday, Duclair explained his side of the story and why he had been hoping, and finally demanding a trade out of the desert.
Duclair spent the past three years in Arizona, which is a hard place for a player to demonstrate his value as the team has had not breaks or chances to make the postseason. The Coyotes lost 47 games his first year, 52 his second and are currently on-pace to lose 63 games this season.
We can understand his desire to move...
The Blackhawks are facing the Winnipeg Jets tonight, for Duclair's debut with his new team. And Duclair and his teammates are ready for it. He will be on the third line with David Kampf and Alex DeBrincat.