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Why the Blackhawks Should Extend Brendan Perlini

By Tony Gianares
SOUTH BEND, IN - JANUARY 01: Brendan Perlini #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks shoots the puck to score against the Boston Bruins in the first period during the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium on January 1, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
SOUTH BEND, IN - JANUARY 01: Brendan Perlini #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks shoots the puck to score against the Boston Bruins in the first period during the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium on January 1, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Brendan Perlini has had somewhat of an underwhelming start to his NHL career, but I think he can break that trend.

The Blackhawks found themselves at the top of the league in multiple offensive categories, as they scored 267 goals (8th), averaged 3.26 GF/GP (8th), improved power play efficiency to 20.2% (15th), and averaged 32.5 shots/GP. Having Perlini around will keep those numbers high.

Normally, a 20-goal scorer would cost you a nice chunk of change, but Perlini has not reached the 20-goal plateau yet. Although, he has the ability to reach that level and exceed it.

It is for this reason that I believe the Blackhawks will re-sign Brendan Perlini, even if it is on a 1-year “prove it” deal. Stan Bowman will most likely use Perlini’s inconsistencies to his advantage and leverage a deal in the $1.5-2.5 mil AAV range, which is fair.

When you weigh the pros and cons, there are more pros when it comes to Brendan Perlini. I hope StanBo & Co. see it this way as well. I really think a 1-year deal is the way to go here.

If things don’t work out by the end of next season, then both parties can agree to mutually part ways. Who doesn’t love a good bargain? That’s what we have here with Brendan Perlini.

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