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Chicago Blackhawks: 2020 Free Agents To Re-Sign

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Chicago Blackhawks, Drake Caggiula
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The Chicago Blackhawks will have multiple player’s contracts that will expire in June. With these players, the question is, should the Blackhawks keep them?

1. Drake Caggiula (RFA)

Drake Caggiula will become an RFA this summer. Right now, he is being paid $1,500,000 AAV. At just 25, Caggiula has already had an interesting start to his career. He is the only player in NHL history to play on lines with Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Connor McDavid.

During the last two seasons, Caggiula has played just 56 games for the Blackhawks. In those games, he has 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points.

Caggiula has played a depth role for the team. He hasn’t finished an entire season in the NHL with Chicago, but he does make a difference on the ice. He has the potential to be a 50-points per season player.

The Chicago Blackhawks should re-sign him. Whether or not that is a long-term deal, I’m not sure. At most, he’s worth three years, $2,500,000 AAV. During those three years, the Blackhawks can decide if he’s worth it or not.

If they decide on Caggiula not being worth a spot on the roster, they could try to trade him. They could probably steal a second or third-round draft pick if chosen to do so.

It’s just important for a depth player, like Caggiula, who can play on all four lines, gets re-signed. He is young and still has a lot of growing to do in the NHL. That growth as a player would be best served as a Blackhawk.

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