Blackhawks Business: Reviewing RFA Decisions

By Joseph Felicelli
Chicago Blackhawks, Brandon Hagel #38 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks, Brandon Hagel #38 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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Pius Suter #24, Chicago Blackhawks
Pius Suter #24, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Signed to a new Contract:

Adam Gaudette ($997,500, pending arbitration)

Gaudette, acquired in exchange for Matthew Highmore, is a big forward with some playmaking skill. With his health issues seemingly behind him, he could be worth keeping around for the long term. Signed a 1 year deal worth a reported $997,500.

Not Qualified:

Pius Suter ($874,125, pending arbitration)

Suter is a different case, where as an older player who was signed as a free agent, he has arbitration rights after 1 season in the NHL. While he didn’t make as big of a splash as Dominik Kubalik, his first year performance has him in line for a significant raise. The Hawks and Suter’s camp were reportedly pretty far apart on a new deal, so he will reach unrestricted free agency later this week. While a loss for the ‘Hawks, this opens another spot in the forward group for a young player, or clears a space for Toews to return to the lineup.

David Kampf ($1,000,000, pending arbitration)

When the ‘Hawks protected Kampf in the Expansion Draft, you had to figure he was coming back to the team. A coaching staff favorite, he is a defensive specialist, without much upside in the offensize zone. Reports are that the Blackhawks are negotiating with him on a new deal, but are not close. They have until Free Agency opens to negotiate exclusively with him, and then he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Josh Dickinson ($874,125).

Acquired in the Carl Soderberg trade with Colorado, DIckinson is a big C who has not had much of an impact in the AHL. He finished last season with the Indy Fuel of the ECHL. Probably not much of an NHL future for him moving forward.