Panik, Blackhawks reach 2-year extension

Paola Ditto
Mag 11, 2017

While it may be a bit surprising to see a player who spent just last season in the AHL making nearly $3 million per season, the Blackhawks may be hoping that Panik is able to continue surpassing the 20-goal mark in the future. "There wasn't much thinking about if I don't want to sign or I will sign". The Blackhawks made sure to lock up Panik before any team could extend him an offer sheet.

"Richard made tremendous strides this past year and we were pleased with the consistency he showed throughout the season", Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement.

Panik had 22 goals - twice his previous career high - and 22 assists, playing all 82 games in his first full season with the Hawks.

On Thursday the team announced that they've reached an agreement on a new two-year deal with the forward that runs through the 2018-2019 season.

The Blackhawks acquired him for forward Jeremy Morin in January 2016, and he had eight points for Chicago that season. He would remain there until getting dealt to the Blackhawks midway through the season; Chicago moved him back up to the National Hockey League and he's been there ever since. However, if Panik's season wasn't a fluke, the Blackhawks have him at an excellent value.

"The first offer they gave me surprised me", Panik said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The Hawks will rid themselves of one contract in the expansion draft next month.

"There's a chance [I'm exposed], but hopefully Chicago will protect me", Panik said. "We had a discussion - my main area is I wanted to stay in Chicago". Off the ice, Bowman fired assistant coach Mike Kitchen and AHL coach Ted Dent.

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