Blackhawks News: MacKenzie Entwistle signs two year contract extension

MacKenzie Entwistle #58, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
MacKenzie Entwistle #58, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /

The Chicago Blackhawks decided to extend MacKenzie Entwistle for an additional two years following the end of his contract in 2021-22.

The Chicago Blackhawks’ very own MacKenzie Entwistle will be in Chicago for the next handful of seasons. The team announced they had extended Entwistle through the 2023-24 season for $800,000 a season. This is a great move for the team as now they do not need to worry about re-signing one of their young players while Dach and Kurashev ask for extensions next summer.

During his time in Chicago thus far Entwistle has played in five NHL games. He averaged almost ten minutes a game and put up a goal and an assist.

Check out the goal with the video below:

Entwistle really did not make it into the lineup until the end of the season. It seemed like he was just getting his first little chance in the league, so next season could see him in the lineup more often, depending on some of the team’s decisions throughout the rest of the offseason.

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Other players who need extensions:

With Entwistle locked in for the next three seasons, who else will be without a contract next summer? Well, the most important names would be Connor Murphy, Kirby Dach, and Marc-Andre Fleury.

Murphy will be due for a pay raise after his time in Chicago so far. Personally, I hope the team pays him around five million for four or five seasons. If Fleury were to stay in Chicago they will have to get a number that works for both parties, and that number could be high. So having players like Entwistle locked up for a cheap number is a good move.

In fact with most of the players on the roster that need contracts, I hope those extensions happen this offseason and not next summer. If the team gets Dach and Kurashev’s contracts done now then they won’t have to wait and see whether the number the players are going to ask for is going to be higher due to a great season.

Someone even like Entwistle could have put up 20 or so points this season and then asked for over a million. Because the team got the extension done now, they are good to go. This is one move by Stan Bowman that I can get behind.

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Here is to more extensions to come this summer!