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Chicago Blackhawks: Chances of Re-signing Free Agents

By Mike Brennan
Apr 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (center) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (center) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 15, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Richard Panik (14) skates with the puck during game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won the game 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Richard Panik (14) skates with the puck during game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won the game 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /

Richard Panik – RFA – 75% Chance

This is the free agent that the ‘Hawks absolutely need to keep for their future. Richard Panik played six playoff games with the ‘Hawks and had three assists. Despite the underwhelming numbers, he was my MVP of the series behind Corey Crawford. During the season he played 30 games with six goals and two assists, but he really shined during the playoffs.

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Here’s the situation with Panik. He is a 25 year old right winger who is restricted. That just means that the ‘Hawks get to talk with him before any other teams, and can offer him a one year deal to stay. If he denies that, he can talk to other teams. Or the ‘Hawks can just offer him a multi-year deal, but I do not really see that happening. Panik has a very high ceiling that he is nowhere near just yet. Since Panik really showed how great he can be this late in the season, I think the ‘Hawks will extend him a one year deal to show them what he has. I am just hoping that a deal gets done with this guy in the first place.

Dennis Rasmussen – RFA – 70%

During his season with the ‘Hawks, Rasmussen posted four goals and five assists in 44 games. He’s a very good fourth line center that the ‘Hawks would need if they let Shaw walk, which I think they will. Rasmussen is still under the ‘Hawks control since he is a restricted free agent, which is good considering Rasmussen is 25 and still has some very good year ahead of him. His cap hit comes in at just over half of a million, so resigning him should not be that big of a deal for the Hawkers.

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