Blackhawks: Breaking down the contract of each free agent

Dylan Strome #17, Chicago Blackhawks,(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Dominik Kubalik, Chicago Blackhawks
Dominik Kubalik #8, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Michal CIZEK / AFP) /

Dominik Kubalik

Dominik Kubalik was a surprise star in 2020 and needs to be signed for the long term. Whether Chicago decides to give him a shorter deal or spend money now, that is yet to be seen. I don’t see them giving him longer than a 3-year deal, as that’s what they gave Alex DeBrincat after his 40-goal season in 2018-19.

For Kubalik, he’ll be re-signed, for hopefully 3-years, $4,000,000. This is a solid chunk of change for the young Kubalik and gives him a chance to earn more money down the line. If he has a solid 3-years under this contract, he might be paid $7,000,000 or more. For him to get more than $4,000,000, I need to see another year or two of progression, along with his assist numbers going up.

Kubalik scored 30-goals in 2019-20, but he only had 16-assists. That totals out to 46-points, which isn’t a bad year for a rookie but isn’t something that deserves a crazy contract.

From that deal, that leaves Chicago with $6,877,915 left to spend with a few more contracts to go.