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Chayka on split with Duclair: 'It's gone back a few years now'

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The Arizona Coyotes and Anthony Duclair officially parted ways Wednesday, as the 22-year-old forward was shipped to the Chicago Blackhawks in a four-player trade.

A report from The Athletic's Craig Custance last week revealed Duclair had requested a trade out of Arizona, but Coyotes general manager John Chayka revealed a potential move has been brewing for a while now.

"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," Chayka said, per Stephen Whyno of The Associated Press.

Duclair was acquired by the Coyotes in 2015 as a part of the package for defenseman Keith Yandle, and in his first full season with the team, he looked like a piece to build around in the future after scoring 20 goals and 44 points.

Since then, however, Duclair has struggled, producing only 15 points in 58 games last season, and the same amount in 33 contests in 2017-18.

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