5 best bargain forwards the Blackhawks can target in free agency

The Chicago Blackhawks are rebuilding their team internally, but they still need to strongly consider adding a few free agents for 2024-25.

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A lower-liner like Daniel Sprong would give the Blackhawks depth scoring

Daniel Sprong has been a journeyman since he entered the league, but the 26-year-old has enjoyed his most productive seasons lately, with 46 points and 21 goals for the Seattle Kraken in 2022-23, before following it up this year with 39 points and 16 goals in Detroit. Like Foegele, Sprong will likely sign on for more than his current $2 million cap hit next season, whether it means re-signing with the Red Wings or moving to his next organization.

However, unlike Foegele, Sprong will never be anything more than a lower-liner. But his experience helping a building team move in the right direction will make him a valuable asset with the Blackhawks, even if he only signed for a season or two between $2.5 and $3 million. The aforementioned figures are something in the realm of what Evan Sabourin of The Hockey Writers suggested should Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman re-sign the veteran. 

Sprong has also been an incredible asset on the power play over the last two seasons, with the Seattle Kraken and the Red Wings scoring 35 combined goals when he’s on the ice at 5-on-4.