The Chicago Blackhawks are going to have some tough decisions to make rather soon about the future about some of their players. One notable player Stan Bowman is going to have to decide whether or not he will return is Dylan Strome.
Dylan Strome does not have a contract for next season yet. If he had chosen to sign at the beginning of the year, Strome would be looking at a decent sum of money. However, his numbers have dropped after the 2019-20 season.
Strome put up just 38 points in 58 games this season, which is 13 points less from the season before in the same amount of games. While I believe Strome is going to be a big part of this team’s future, the Chicago Blackhawks might want to move in the other direction thanks to his poor season this year.
Strome was only averaging 15:56 minutes a game this past season, and the addition of Kirby Dach really just makes Strome expendable. The Blackhawks have three great centers right now with Dach, Strome, and Toews, maybe we do not need all three of them.
Before we go into the pros and cons of keeping Strome I think it is important to say this. The NHL salary cap is going to be influenced by the COVID-19 crisis, and it might just impact the Blackhawks roster next year too. While we all expected the cap to go up more than a few million next year, that might not be the case. That might just be why Strome is being talked about as a trade piece for the Blackhawks.