Blackhawks Update: Contract Talks Heat Up and NHL Draft Approaches

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The Chicago Blackhawks are days away from the NHL draft. We have your  ‘Hawks Update with all the news you might have missed from the past few days.

In our last Blackhawks Update, it was mentioned how the buyout window is now open for the team to make something happen, and yet they have failed to make any moves thus far. Well, that is still the case as the team has not announced any contracts being bought out.

Brent Seabrook is one player everyone is talking about with the potential of being bought out. However, our very own Ryan Fedrau does not believe that can occur due to Seabrook’s contract and just how little it will save the team. (Blackhawk Up)

One player that was recently bought out was Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. Lundqvist is now a free agent and can sign anywhere he wants now that he is no longer under contract with the Rangers. However, we think it might be best for the team to avoid signing Lundqvist. 

Instead of offering Lundqvist a contract, I believe the team should give Corey Crawford the money he has earned already. While it might seem like a lot to give Corey Crawford 3.5 of 4 million due to the team’s cap struggles, any other year, that would be a reasonable price too pay.

As the ‘Hawks turn the page to a new season, let’s hope the youth movement is out on full effect with the team as we continue to improve and get younger as the year progresses. Hopefully, this NHL draft can be a building block for the team to continue to rebuild their farm system!

The Blackhawks have seven draft picks at the coming NHL Draft. We will have draft profiles on all of the team’s selections and reactions on whether or not the pick was good for the future of this team. So get ready and check back later for more!

Other Chicago Blackhawks News:

With NHL calendar uncertain, Blackhawks loaning many prospects to European teams this fall (Chicago Sun-Times)

One ‘Hawks Family Is Getting Bigger With Latest Announcement (Twitter)

Chicago Blackhawks need to make a draft-day trade (Da Windy City)

How Stan Bowman plans to approach 2020 NHL Draft (NBC Sports)