GM Stan Bowman had a busy offseason, revamping the Blackhawks’ roster through trades and free-agent signings. But all of those moves were carefully executed knowing full well that the entry-level contracts of Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome expire following the 2019-20 season.
Bowman got out in front of DeBrincat’s on Thursday — one day before the season started — by inking the 40-goal scorer to a three-year extension worth $6.4 million annually. It’s a deal that’s a win-win for both sides, with DeBrincat getting his big raise and the Blackhawks locking him up for a number that doesn’t break the bank.
So with DeBrincat’s extension taken care of, is Strome next?
The tricky part about Strome's negotiation is that his sample size isn't very large (with the Blackhawks, that is). And his production with Chicago is day and night compared to his time with the Coyotes.
In 48 games with Arizona, Strome compiled 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) and bounced around the NHL and AHL. In 58 games with Chicago, he registered 51 points (17 goals, 34 assists). That’s close to a point-per-game average.
Bowman wasn’t giving any hints as to when a deal could get done with Strome but acknowledged that’s next on the agenda.