On Sunday afternoon, in the middle of the Bears losing to the Packers yet somehow backing into a playoff berth, the Blackhawks announced the team has signed center Dylan Strome to a two-year, $6M extension.
Strome, 23, had been a restricted free agent. Originally a first round pick (#3 overall) by Arizona in 2015, the Blackhawks acquired Strome in a trade for Nick Schmaltz.
Strome now slots into the top center position for the Blackhawks while veteran captain Jonathan Toews is away from the team. If/when Toews returns, Strome would remain to top-six forward with Kirby Dach out for the regular season after suffering a wrist injury.
He had 12 goals and 26 assists for the Blackhawks last season.
The second year on Strome’s contract makes him arguably the top player on Chicago’s roster to be eligible for the expansion draft after the 2021 season.