The Blackhawks Re-Sign Richard Panik To A 2-Year Extension

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Well the summer of shakeups has started by….bringing back Richard Panik. I think everyone knows I am fan of Richard Panik. Big, skilled, fast. He plays physical and gives the Hawks a little bit of bite. Paying $2.8M for a guy that is in his prime and scored 22 goals would be a bargain for most teams. For the Blackhawks, I’m not so sure. As things are right now the Blackhawks have just over $73M committed to the Cap next year and there’s still a ton of uncertainty around the roster with the looming expansion draft, lack of depth on defense, and the general feeling that the team needs a boost/make-over. All of that without knowing where exactly the Cap numer for 2017-18 will fall. This contract could likely be the first domino for the Blackhawks in a summer that sees a shift to the core of the team. Buckle up. In the meantime…WEEEEEEEEEE

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