Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks Playing for a New Contract This Season

By Jimmy Lynch
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 06: Chicago Blackhawks Center Dylan Strome (17) celebrates his goal with Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing Alex DeBrincat (12) and Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing Patrick Kane (88) during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 6, 2019, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 06: Chicago Blackhawks Center Dylan Strome (17) celebrates his goal with Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing Alex DeBrincat (12) and Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing Patrick Kane (88) during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 6, 2019, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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There are a few Chicago Blackhawks players who are playing on expiring contracts. You will want to watch these names closely as they try to earn a big payday.

The Chicago Blackhawks have a lot on the line heading into the 2019-20 season. After missing the playoffs for 2 straight seasons, the Blackhawks are hungry for a spot in the season that really matters, the Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, some players also have other things on their minds.

Eight of the players projected to start the season with the Blackhawks are playing on expiring contracts. That is over a third of the roster, so there will be players not returning next season.

Heading into the new season, these players aren’t just playing to make the playoffs. They are playing to get paid next offseason.

The Blackhawks currently have about $19.6 million in projected cap space for next season to resign some of these players. Blackhawks’ general manager, Stan Bowman, is going to have his work cut out to get these deals done.

Players today are demanding a lot of money from their NHL clubs. The NHL had a lot of high payouts for the RFA’s this offseason.

Keeping that in mind, there is no doubt the first Blackhawks player on this list will demand a lot of money.

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