The Chicago Blackhawks and forward Alex DeBrincat have come to terms on a three-year contract extension, with the deal running through the 2022-23 season and carrying an AAV of $6.4 million
Both sides were able to get the reasonable bridge deal done on the eve of the team’s season opener, all the more huge with DeBrincat still a full campaign out from restricted free agency.
Also of note here: the DeBrincat deal expires at the same time as the Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith contracts, giving the Hawks maximum flexibility and cap space to offer DeBrincat a monster long-term deal in the summer of 2023 if they so choose.
DeBrincat was an absolute steal for Chicago at 39th overall in the 2016 Entry Draft. The 5-foot-7, 160-ish-pound winger went off the following season, racking up 65 goals and 127 points in 63 OHL before forcing himself not only onto the Blackhawks' Opening Night roster for the 2017-18 season with a phenomenal camp, but also into the team’s top-six where he’s been a fixture ever since.
The 21-year-old dressed for every single game over the past two campaigns — potting 28 goals in his rookie year and pounding in 41 tallies last season — while posting a 0.78 points-per-game clip through his first 164 NHL regular-season contests.
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