3 Questions the Blackhawks need to answer in 2020-21

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Will Dylan Strome have a contract?

If you asked me a year ago whether or not Dylan Strome would have a contract by January 2020 I would have said of course. I thought it was a lock that the Blackhawks would re-sign Strome early last season in the hopes of signing him before his stock increases thanks to another good season.

However, things did not work out that way. Strome had a shaky year and spent some time as a fourth-liner under Jeremy Colliton. It did not help that Alex DeBrincat also had an iffy season compared to his previous campaigns.

Now we are in a position where Strome might be asking for too much money, and the Blackhawks are offering too little. I think it is going to take some time for these two parties to come together on a deal, and I hope they do.

However when you throw in the fact that the Blackhawks have another promising center in Kirby Dach, and another high-end offensive talent like Dominik Kubalik to re-sign and it looks like Strome may be expendable.

I hope that the Blackhawks and Strome come to an agreement sooner rather than later because I would hate to see talent get traded away again just because of a contract, similar to Brandon Saad in 2015.