Blackhawks: Breaking down the contract of each free agent

Dylan Strome #17, Chicago Blackhawks,(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Slater Koekkoek, Chicago Blackhawks
Slater Koekkoek #68, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Slater Koekkoek

Any other year, Slater Koekkoek gets re-signed by Chicago, the problem is, with $3,877,915 left to spend and other defensemen waiting in the wings to play, Koekkoek leaves the team in free agency.

For Chicago, Koekkoek has an RFA deal, so they’ll most likely receive some sort of compensation for losing him. If no other team looks at him, they could qualify his deal and get him for another season at $925,000. That’s the only way he stays in Chicago.

If he accepts the qualifying offer, he could earn more money with there being more cap space in 2020-21 for the team, as more contracts come up. That again is the only way he has a chance of staying in Chicago.

In this situation, Koekkoek is the first free agent to leave the team. Ian Mitchell will be taking his spot in 2020-21, along with there being a few other defensemen, like Nicolas Beaudin and Lucas Carlsson who are looking to earn defensive spots.

The $3,877,915 left needs to be spent on a goalie. Koekkoek played well during the season and in the playoffs, but, goaltending is Chicago’s top need right now, with both of their goalies having their contracts up.