The biggest offseason question for the Chicago Blackhawks has been answered sooner than many expected as Artemi Panarin inked an extension
OK, Chicago Blackhawks fans, let’s all together make one big sigh of relief with Artemi Panarin having signed a two-year, $12 million extension. Better? OK, good!
The bridge deal was certainly an unexpected one to be made with the 25-year-old Russian, but it was probably the Blackhawks’ only real shot at getting something done. With the salary cap problem being the seemingly endless conundrum for the Blackhawks year after year, this deal was a true work of art between Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman and the Breadman’s agent, Tom Lynn.
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Perhaps the greatest part of this deal was the amount of loyalty Panarin has shown to the Blackhawks by accepting the two-year bridge rather than cashing in.
There’s no doubt that Artemi Panarin left a substantial amount of money on the table in order to remain with Patrick Kane and company as he is without question happy to be with the Blackhawks organization.
‘Hawks fans rejoice! The Breadman is here to stay. But what does this newly struck deal mean for the financial situation of the Chicago Blackhawks?
The salary cap is more than likely not going up. Who could be out the door this summer? What happens at the end of Panarin’s extension?
While most fans (myself included) are fully on board with the Panarin contract being the No. 1 priority, one must realize that there will be repercussions Bowman will have his hands filled with this offseason. Fan favorites may be out the door. This is the reality of the salary cap era. So lets take a look at a couple negatives of the Panarin deal, shall we?