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Blackhawks: All the players playing for a contract this season

By Jimmy Lynch
Kevin Lankinen #32, Chicago Blackhawks, Dylan Strome #17 Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Lankinen #32, Chicago Blackhawks, Dylan Strome #17 Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Connor Murphy #5, Chicago Blackhawks
Connor Murphy #5, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /

Calvin de Haan (4.55 million) 

Calvin de Haan is another example of a player that I think the team should let walk away at the conclusion of this contract. If he is willing to sign for less money then maybe they should keep him around, but either way I think the team has the defenseman to make up for losing de Haan. By next season Mitchell and Beaudin will have another year of experience under their belts and will be ready to jump into the NHL. At that point, de Haan is taking up a spot for one of them.

Connor Murphy (3.85 million)

Murphy is the only player on this list that I want the Blackhawks to re-sign right now. This is going to be a fun year for Murphy as he will have some help on the blue line for the first time in his run in Chicago. The defensive core is looking improved and Murphy is the one with the most time in Chicago. Rightfully so, Murphy is going to be due a pay raise this offseason, but for how much is the question. Anywhere from 4 to 5.5 million seems to make sense for the defenseman who led the team the past few seasons. If Jake McCabe makes 4 million with the team, then Murphy probably will be making a million or so more than that.

Wyatt Kalynuk ($925,000)

Hopefully, Wyatt Kalynuk signs an extension similar to what Riley Stillman got. A little over a million for three or four seasons. That is the same for the next defenseman on this list Caleb Jones.

Caleb Jones ($850,000)

Like I just said the team should try and lock in Jones for a little over a million for the next three or four years. Contracts like that should be signed sooner rather than later as all this season is going to do is increase their value and asking price next season.

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