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Three players the Blackhawks need to extend now

Connor Murphy #5, Kevin Lankinen #32, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Connor Murphy #5, Kevin Lankinen #32, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Kevin Lankinen #32, Chicago Blackhawks
Kevin Lankinen #32, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports /

2 Kevin Lankinen

Kevin Lankinen had a pretty good rookie season. He was the team’s best goaltender through the entire shortened season, and while his play did drop off a little towards the end, that shouldn’t be an issue this coming season when he is splitting time with a future hall of fame goaltender.

Lankinen won’t have the most flashy season this year, but he definitely will be a reliable goalie that earns a nice contract extension. So if the team can get that out of the way now for a two or three-year deal worth 2 million I think that would be a smart move for the team.

With every name on this list, getting an extension out of the way now is betting on them to get better this season. That is the right risk to take with Lankinen. He is the future starting netminder for this team and if they can get him under contract at a good price that only means the rest of the roster will be well built out.

Plus getting Lankinen at around two million would make it easier to re-sign Marc-Andre Fleury if he were to want to stay in Chicago. This is going to be a fun year to watch Kevin Lankinen play in the league. There are a lot of opponents he has never faced as this is a full 82 game season now against 31 different teams and not just the same division. Odds are he will rise to the occasion.

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