Which Former Chicago Athlete Will be Most Missed by Their Team?

After trades sent away Jimmy Butler, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Artemi Panarin in recent days, a question begs to be asked: which former Chicago athlete will be most missed by their team?

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Numerous Chicago athletes have been traded away in recent months, but the question on the minds of plenty of fans in the Windy City is this: which athlete will be the most missed by their respective team?
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Butler’s absence leaves the Bulls with a gaping hole in their starting lineup, and it also could signal a rebuilding effort as the team tries to eventually become more competitive in the Eastern Conference.
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nDwyane Wade could help soften the blow a bit, but his age could be a concern as he’ll likely be more of a mentor than an actual superstar for the Bulls next season.
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The Cubs’ sparkplug last season was unquestionably Fowler, and they have churned through lead-off hitter candidates since he left town. Kyle Schwarber, Ben Zobrist, and Anthony Rizzo have all gotten opportunities to lead off games, but the team’s offense just hasn’t been the same since Fowler signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in the offseason.
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A member of the Blackhawks for a decade, Hjalmarsson could always be counted on for strong defense and for his proficiency in blocking shots. He ended up winning three Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks in his career, and his abilities as a defender will be hard to replicate as the team is hard up against the salary cap going into the 2017-18 season.
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There is a massive changing of the guard going on at Soldier Field in the coming year, and Jeffery could be the most difficult man to replace among all of the departed former Bears. The team doesn’t exactly have a wide receiver that will be able to step into his cleats, with Kevin White constantly facing injury issues and players like Cameron Meredith still relatively unproven in terms of consistent production.
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Panarin signed with the Blackhawks prior to the 2015-16 season, and he made a massive impact on the team’s offense in his short stay in Chicago. He scored 61 goals and dished out 90 assists in 162 games, and he was a huge threat on the power play as he racked up 17 power play goals in two seasons.
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nHis production will be very difficult to replace, and youngsters like Nick Schmaltz and Alex DeBrincat could be called upon to step into his role alongside Patrick Kane.
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The White Sox entered a rebuilding mode of their own when they dealt Sale away in December, and he’s gone out of his way to prove that they would miss him. He currently has a 9-3 record with 2.85 ERA and a staggering 146 strikeouts in just 15 starts this season.
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