Evaluating Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Kyle Davidson's past free agent signings

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Max Domi

Davidson found Domi in the free agent bargain bin two summers ago and gave him a $3 million prove-it deal. Domi rewarded Davidson as he became the Hawks’ first-line center and produced 49 points in 60 games. Dallas liked what they saw and acquired him for a second-round selection in 2025 and Anton Khudobin. Davidson did a nice job with Domi, turning a distressed asset into a quality draft choice.

Corey Perry

Perry was signed to provide some leadership to a young Hawks room this past summer but had his contract terminated for violating his contract and team policies “intended to promote professional and safe work environments.” Despite tallying nine points in 16 games in Chicago, Perry’s signing was a miss by Davidson and one he certainly would take back if he could.

Nick Foligno

Foligno is arguably Davidson’s best signing. At 36 years old, the former All-Star notched 37 points in 74 games this season. More importantly, he was the team’s heartbeat, voice of reason, and was a tremendous leader for Connor Bedard and other young Blackhawks. Foligno will be sticking around for a couple more years thanks to his new extension and all Hawks fans are grateful for that.

Andreas Athanasiou

Athanasiou was signed to bring some more firepower to the Hawks’ offense, and he certainly provided that in his first year with the team. However, after 20 goals and 40 points in 2022, he managed just 2 goals in 28 games in 2023 while battling injuries. With one year and $4.25 million remaining on his contract, Athanasiou is likely playing his last season in Chicago.

Overall, Davidson has signed mostly roster fillers during his tenure as GM but also nailed a couple signings (Foligno and Domi). Hawks fans are hopeful he will bring in some more impact players this summer that can help Bedard and Company take the next step in their development and bring the Hawks closer to a seventh Stanley Cup.