Blackhawks Extend Goalie Petr Mrazek to 2-Year Deal

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Per Kevin Weekes this morning and later confirmed via the Blackhawks, the Chicago netminder has been extended for another 2 seasons.

The deal to extend for another 2 years (at a 4.25 million cap hit) is right in line with recent deals for forwards Nick Foligno and Jason Dickinson (2 years each a well). Mrazek, who will turn 32 on February 14th, has played consistently well for one of the leagues worst teams. Sporting a .907 save percentage despite constant roster turnover and inconsistent play is nothing if not unexpected (in that his save percentage was .894 for the Hawks a year ago).

This now gives the Blackhawks two things: a trust worthy goalie for the next 2.5 seasons until the likes of Drew Commesso or Adam Gajan are deemed ready as well as now a quiet deadline this coming March from a Chicago perspective.

All 3 deals being 2 years is not by accident either as the Blackhawks are likely hoping that players such as Philipp Kurashev, Lukas Reichel (can hope), Kevin Korchinksi, Alex Vlasic, and Connor Bedard are in line for bigger pay days at that time due to their play over the next few seasons. With 14 picks in the next 3 drafts within the top 2 rounds the Chicago roster may start to look very different in the upcoming years, so to quickly cement in 3 trustworthy veterans in the interim just seems like smart roster management.

The Chicago Blackhawks take on the Seattle Kraken tonight.