There has been a lot to talk about revolving around the Chicago Blackhawks the past few weeks, even though their offseason has been pretty quiet without too many big moves.
Everyone knows the news that has been revolving around the Chicago Blackhawks recently. The team announced they were heading towards a rebuild just under a week ago. That announcement tipped an avalanche of stories about the direction of the team and how they plan to move forward.
One thing that is still up in the air is the position that Dylan Strome will play on this team. Strome does not have a contract, and while that might not be too big of a deal because the team still has a lot of time to get things done. I think everyone would be more comfortable if a contract was complete.
One player who would be better off if Dylan Strome had a contract is Alex DeBrincat. For the Blackhawks to be successful next season they are going to need to see DeBrincat playing the best hockey of his career and taking a step back in the right direction. Our very own Seth Stauffer recently highlighted three keys to DeBrincat’s success next season.
Increasing salary cap flexibility has to be at the front of the Blackhawks plans during the coming months. While fans might not see any moves till the season begins, we already highlighted some players that could be traded at this season’s trade deadline in 2021 and some players that are untouchable on this roster.
Bowman’s juggling act between rebuilding and keeping the core group happy is going to be on full display during the coming months. It is going to be interesting to see whether or not his moves are going to have the team’s long term success at the focus or if he will try to make some moves to keep the core group happy.