Concern No. 2: Value Of Production
It’s no surprise Chicago will be making plenty of offseason moves to get underneath the NHL salary cap yet again this summer. But what is surprising is that Teravainen’s name has come up so often as a potential player who will be a Blackhawks “cap causality.” With players like Panarin, Shaw and potentially Andrew Ladd to re-sign, Teravainen’s contract situation presents a very tough decision for Chicago.
Currently, Teravainen is in the final year of his entry-level contract and is set to make $832,500 dollars this season, down from last season’s $925,000. So Teravainen helps Chicago by taking a $92,500 pay-cut, but has a maximum total of $825,000 on the line in performance bonuses in the 2016-17 season. If the contract situation with Panarin is any indication, performance bonuses are nothing to scoff at.
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While Teravainen’s contract is helpful for the Blackhawks next season, his production and the potential needed to re-sign him after next season are two conflicting circumstances. On one hand, Teravainen is only 21 years old and still has plenty of time to try to reach his NHL potential, and signing him to a new contract is totally worth it for the Blackhawks.
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But, on the other hand, Teravainen has found himself in the Quenneville doghouse a number of times and continues to need seasoning at the NHL level to become even a consistent contributor to the Blackhawks before reaching “game-changer” status.
If the Blackhawks invest in Teravainen and he reaches his potential, it’s a home-run move. If the Blackhawks cut ties with him in a trade this summer or during next season and he doesn’t pan out to be what everyone thought he’d be, the Blackhawks look smart. But anywhere in between and it could be a real downer for the Blackhawks and their fans.
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