Blackhawks re-sign Artemi Panarin to 2-year extension
Dec 30 2016
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Superstar forward Artemi Panarin has agreed to a contract extension with the Blackhawks, according to multiples report, meaning that forecasts of doom and gloom surrounding his status on the team for next season can finally be put to rest.
Saad told his agent to get the best deal possible, while it appears that Panarin wanted to stay in Chicago and play alongside Patrick Kane which really isn't a awful option at 6 million a season.
The 25-year-old last season finished tied for ninth in the National Hockey League with 77 points (30 goals, 47 assists). His 37 points are two more than reigning Hart Trophy victor and teammate Patrick Kane. But keeping Panarin was the top priority.
Bowman commented on his desire to keep Panarin in the Windy City in July, per Powers: "We've done it where we've signed guys in advance, during a season or the end of a season".
Now carrying a $812,500 cap hit this season, Panarin's new deal will force Bowman to once again dismantle part of his Blackhawks team to get cap compliant.
If possible, Panarin might be even more impressive this season.
Now that Panarin is signed up, Scott Darling will need a new deal as he's set to become a UFA next summer.
The Hawks are right up against the salary cap next season, and the cap isn't expected to go up much at all.