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Chicago Blackhawks: What’s going on with Dylan Strome’s contract?

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 27: Dylan Strome #17 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period at the United Center on October 27, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 27: Dylan Strome #17 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period at the United Center on October 27, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks forward Dylan Strome becomes a free agent this offseason. The management hasn’t done anything with his contract yet.

The Chicago Blackhawks traded for Dylan Strome back in November of 2018. Strome was well on his way to being an NHL bust since he wasn’t producing the offense you’d want from the third overall pick in the draft.

Since Strome has been a Blackhawk, he has 81 points in 98 games. When he played for the Coyotes, he had 16 points in 48 games. It’s fair to say he’s turned his career around since the trade.

In 2018-19, Strome played 58 games for the Blackhawks. In those games, he scored 17 goals, had 34 assists for a total of 51 points. All it took for Strome was to be on a line with his former junior hockey teammate and best friend, Alex DeBrincat.

DeBrincat just got a 3-year extension in October. He will be a Blackhawk until 2023. Considering Strome was very successful with DeBrincat, it was a fair assumption to think he’d be getting a contract extension right after.

It’s January 2020 and we haven’t heard anything about a contract extension for Strome. He will be a restricted free agent this summer. Maybe the Blackhawks are testing the market to see if anyone will pay for him. Depending on the price, the Blackhawks will get compensation for Strome.

It would be better if Strome would just stay in Chicago. He has had great success with players like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and at one point, Brendan Perlini. Perlini is no longer with the Blackhawks.

Strome really gels well with every line he’s been on in Chicago. He’s a big part of the future success of the Blackhawks. Right now, he’s on the injured reserved list, but if he gets healthy, he’ll be a big asset to the team as they make a bid for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Strome played in 40 games this season. He scored 10 goals and had 20 assists. He was on his way to another successful season in a Blackhawks jersey. In the summer, the Blackhawks need to re-sign him. He deserves to be here for the long-term.

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