Top 5 game-changing free agents the Blackhawks can take from the Eastern Conference

The Chicago Blackhawks best course of action is to build inward, but they could also be part of the surprises that the 2024 offseason will bring.
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Max Domi, W/Toronto Maple Leafs

You may not look at Max Domi as a game-changer, but he’s upgrading any bottom-six he decides to play in, whether it’s in Toronto, Chicago, or somewhere else - like Duclair, Domi is also a journeyman. 

But he’s a jack-of-all-trades player who won’t excel in any one area, but the brewing stars in Chicago will appreciate him more than anyone else. Domi isn’t afraid to rack up penalty minutes and defend teammates, and he will also win a lot of faceoffs. 

He may not be a major scorer, but he does have 103 points, 29 goals, and nine power play goals over his last 160 regular season games to go with 200 penalty minutes and a 52.5 percent faceoff win percentage. 

Overall, if the Blackhawks want more chances in the offensive zone, that could help parlay Bedard and Kurashev into an even better 2024-25 season, and someone like Domi will help them get there. 

So, the five players mentioned in this piece could easily be playing somewhere else next year, and who knows, maybe Kyle Davidson lures one to the Central Division? If that’s the case, feel free to be excited and to project that your Blackhawks may be better than everyone thinks when the puck drops in October 2024. 


(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference)