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CHICAGO Even before the first name was called, before the first jersey was handed out, before the first draft pick got to shake the hand of commissioner Gary Bettman, blockbuster trades dominated the 2017 draft weekend in Chicago.
In the 36 hours prior to the proceedings kicking off at the cavernous United Center, a flurry of deals saw names such as Artemi Panarin, Brandon Saad, Derek Stepan and Jordan Eberle all change addresses. Oshie had re signed with the Washington Capitals for eight years and US $46 million while forward Patrick Eaves re upped with Anaheim, a three year, $9.45 million pact.
As Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee predicted two weeks ago: could be one of the craziest times we seen in the game. In one week, GM John Chayka traded goalie Mike Smith to Calgary,
bid adieu to long time face of the franchise Shane Doan, and parted ways with coach Dave Tippett. Then, as part of the franchise makeover, they bring in Raanta and Stepan, an indication that they are being proactive in their rebuild.
THE VERDICT: In Chayka own words on Friday night: Stepan is a No. 1 centre and that something this franchise has been looking for for more than a decade. Raanta, meanwhile, can immediately step in for the departed Smith. Good deal for the Coyotes. Saad, of course, started his career with the Blackhawks, but spent the past two seasons with the Blue Jackets,
having been acquired in a 2015 deal that landed Artem Anisimov in Chicago. Now he back again. But the price was huge. In Panarin, the Jackets get an electrifying goal scorer who was the rookie of the year in 2015 16.
Panarin was the best rookie in the NHL two years ago, a second team all star this past season and is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the NHL, Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said.
THE VERDICT: Both Panarin and Saad carry a US$6 million cap hit, but Saad is signed through 2020 21, two years longer than Panarin. Saddled with the salary cap restrictions created by the long term deals of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, GM Stan Bowman gets two youngsters in Dauphin, 22,
and Murphy, 24, who have little track record at the NHL level.
made his debut in Chicago in 2008 and quietly established himself as one of the toughest competitors in franchise history, Bowman said.
Murphy had two goals and 17 assists in 77 games for the Hawks last season.
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS GET: F Jori Lehtera, 2017 first round pick (27th overall), 2018 conditional first round pick
THE SKINNY: By picking centre Nolan Patrick second overall, the Flyers obviously are making room for him either this year or for the future. Schenn has had an up and down career in Philly, showing flashes of hustle and muscle, but consistency has been an issue. The Flyers used the 27th overall pick to select Sault St. Marie forward Morgan Frost, son of former Air Canada Centre PA announcer Andy Frost.