Blackhawks Sign Highmore, Lankinen, Barratt and Altybarmakyan

On Thursday the Blackhawks announced four new contract.

The team announced two-year contract extensions for forward Matthew Highmore and goaltender Kevin Lankinen. Highmore’s deal has a $725k AAV; Lankinen’s has a $800k AAV. The first year of both contracts is a two-way deal.

The Hawks also announced entry-level contracts for forwards Evan Barratt and Andrei Altybarmakyan. Barratt signed a three-year ELC with a $870k AAV that runs through the 2022-23 season. Altybarmakyan signed a two-year entry-level contract that runs through the 2021-22 season with a $817,500 AAV.

Highmore, 24, signed with Chicago as an undrafted free agent on March 2, 2017. Lankinen, also 24, signed with Chicago as an undrafted free agent on May 21, 2018.

Barratt, 21, was originally a third round selection (#90 overall) by the Blackhawks in the 2017 NHL Draft. He just completed his junior season at Penn State (B1G), where he posted 34 points in 34 games. He was named First-Team All-Big Ten after his sophomore season, and had the 2020 postseason cut short by the coronavirus.

Altybarmakyan, 21, was originally a third round selection (#70 overall) by the Blackhawks in the 2017 NHL Draft. He spent the 2019-20 campaign with HK Sochi of the KHL and HK Tambov of the VHL. 

49 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Highmore, Lankinen, Barratt and Altybarmakyan

  1. Good to see Barratt & Artybarmaykan in the fold.
    Highmore and Lankinan extensions don’t both me at all.
    Highmore 13th forward, can fill in on the 4th line and if everything works out he’s a good player to have as a leader in Rockford.
    Lankinan I’m really interested to see how he does as the probably number 1 in Rockford next season.

    Both Barratt and Artybarmaykan will need some time in Rockford but both will be decent options in time for the big club.

  2. i will be excited by the signing of andrei alty when i see him take his first shift for the hawks in a regular season or playoff nhl game. done hanging my hopes on any of their russian draft choices.

  3. I am kind of surprised we used up a contract on Alty…he put up just 6 goals in the KHL last year and was bottom 3 on his team in plus/minus so I am not sure why we used up one of our 50 contracts to get that in the fold. We shall see.

  4. Good depth signings, Highmore should be only one Nhl roster to start next season, other 3 likely need some Ahl time first. All may not pan out but numbers are what gives you the better opportunity to find the one or two that do. Nice to have some real hockey news.

  5. Barratts going to be a good one. Think Shawzer like with more overall scoring areas.

    This guy is between 65 and 36. Bolly was better scorer and top shutdown center. 65 and Barratt can play that way though.

    This is exactly the kind of players we need to rough off our edges of the roster.

  6. Is Mitch waiting to do elc until they officially announce seasons cancelled so he can do 2 yr elc.

    If they cancel reg season games which means he cant get any games, then would he have to do 3 yr elc.

  7. That’s right Mo, if he can’t burn an elc year this season then he he starts a 3 year elc next season because he doesn’t turn 22 until January. That’s why he hasn’t signed yet i guess.

  8. If they did some crazy scenario of 24 teams in playoffs, he could possibly burn an elc year that way too.

  9. D-man Ryan Shea from northeastern. Hawks 4th round pick from 2015 is not expected to sign with the hawks and will hit unrestricted free agency when whatever date that becomes a reality.

  10. That gives them 36 players under contract for nextxseason, 23 F, 10D and 3G.
    With Strome, Kubalik, Cagguila, Koekkoek and Subban rfas and Crawford ufa on big league roster.
    Fortin, Tuulola, McCosham rfas, plus Wedin, Nilsson, Caramosa and Brennan ufas in Rockford.
    Plus Mitchell likely to come.

  11. I’m going to play Hawks GM for a day. Here are my lines and why there are my lines.

    Kane-Dach-Kubalik-Kane is Kane. Both Dach & Kubalik Pursue the puck, both can score, & both are creative. They just “ fit” with Kane, who is at his best with the puck. Dach & Kubalik both can muck in the O zone…& Dach has earned the right to be unleashed & show his O skills.

    Teply- Toews-& Caggiula, Hagel or Barrett. Toews is half Hossa, half Roenick. Teply has skill & can go get the puck. He can score… he can find open space like the good ones. Caggiula is my choice here BUT…he shall be forbidden from fighting big guys. He IS a hockey player. My alts are Hagel who showed great puck pursuit & historically- can score. Barratt is a good combo of skill & grit…& he’s Irish. He was born to play in Chicago!

    DeBrincat-Strome-Hagel or Barrett or ?Cat & Strome have to be paired together. Hagel or Barratt can go get the puck. DeBrincat is better when he dangles, finding open spaces. Strome the same. Strome is not a mucker. Cat can muck but should keep it at a minimum. The ? Is a free agent like a Carcillo or Mayer’s.

    Entwhistle- Kurashev-Shaw or Barrett or ?
    Shaw IS a hockey player. NO MORE FIGHTING ANDREW-I’m sure his mother calls him Andrew when she’s mad at him!

    Keith Seabs or Beaudin depending on opponent. If we are playing St Louis it’s Seabs. If need speed, it’s Beaudin.

    Boqvist- Gilbert. End of story. Bows needs protection, Gilbert can play & protect.

    Mitchell- Murphy or McCoshen or ?

    Love Nylander. He’s got to go. Ditto all the rest not named. This is my rebuild given cap space Bownhead gave me.

  12. P.S-sorry to see Hawks sign Andrei Alts. There are & have been some great Russians in NHL. I don’t think Andrei has shown that.

  13. @Tim 2

    Dont mind your lines at all. But to me line 4 is a perfect spot for Kampf & carpenter to go with the extra forward shaw or cags.

    Kampf & carpenter while not world beaters can play defense and play pk at a good level.

    I also would rather have Kurashev and Entwistle playing big minutes in Rockford to start.

  14. When we were stacked in 2009 2010 2013 214 2015 2016 we had 4th lines of

    37 11 55-eags
    36 16 67
    65 16 11

    36 65 were only on 4th after we added deadline 26 80.

  15. So like your saying the make up was a hair different in 09 & 10 then in 13 & 14 & 15 & 16, still those kind of players.

    2010 we had more bangers like Burr Eags. Where when we had to chisel core we got 67 Frozal from Soupys trade-in a way and raft Krugs.

    Then it was more of a 4th line checking line, then in 2010 was 3rd line checking line.

    2013 was just really a once in a 700 yr kind of team Dream Team.

  16. For next two yrs that makes sense. After that, when were HHNL deep, we need to have our next Krugs checking line center as 4ht line center.

    Barratt can be like Shaw and be 3rd line player, then when we add a good faceoff center at deadline, unless we already added on in summer like 11, Barratt can be on a 4th line like 36 16 67 & 65 16 11.

  17. Kurashev and Entwistle and Barratt.

    I like to see these guys get a little in Rockford. Then come up and be ready to roll like 29 65 29 were.

    AN entire line added to roster, that pounds other teams 4th or 2nd lines.

  18. Kubilik Toews Teply
    top 5 draft in ’20 Dach Kane
    Debrincat Kurachev Barratt
    Enwhistle ck center JohnScott

  19. Would like to see a 3rd line of Entwistle Kurachev Barratt in a yr or so.

    That line could have moar pop then 29 65 29 did.

  20. Moors- I’m ok with your 1st three lines…. Kubalik- Toews- Teply…..Kane-Dach-2020 1st pick or ?…..DeBrincat- Kurashev-Barratt….

    I see you don’t mention Strome. I know Strome is slow of foot & isn’t a mucker… but he sees the game so well. I get if he’s traded. My idea is to put a Barratt or Carcillo type with those 2. …IF Caggs & Shaw can avoid fighting big guys , fighting at all-I want them on the team. They’re just f’ing Hockey players… you know…f’ing Eddie Shore. Just like Dach learned this year , I want Entwhistle to learn next year- up here. We need a Wilson type somewhere on team. I love John Scott but he was so big, few took him on. Hey Moors- what do you think on D???

  21. P. S. – I don’t mean Entwhistle is our Wilson . I mean we to add that “one” free
    Agent for body guarding
    .

  22. Mo, Tim 2, Kyle Clifford be a good 4th liner to stand up when needed. Agree Strome does see the game good, just wish he would participate in it a little more sometimes.

  23. We can afford any player, after we make moves. Players will be traded and ltired. When young wave players need higher caphits, other players, like 7, wont be yrs left. It should cycle out as we add and raises for younger players.

  24. Tim2, Cliffords current deal is $800,000 a year and probably not more than 10 goal scorer, so shouldn’t get that much of a raise. Leafs may not have room to give him anything so may be available.

  25. Sorry forgot Kings retained half, so current deal 1.6m, Leafs not likely afford Clifford. Finding room wouldn’t involve too much maneuveuring, not resigning Cagguila would do it.

  26. Thanks, Ian. So…guys… what about my thoughts ( your thoughts) on D ? I don’t want Gilbert to be Bob Probert. I don’t want him hurt…but I maintain he ( Gilbert) had a lot to do with our success in December. A Gilbert, a Clifford , a ?….with 100 pims) getting offenders off the ice will give our skilled players that much more room & less fear of the chippy-cheap stuff.

  27. Tim 2 if i was going to get a dman for that role, why not try to sign a Travis Hamonic and move Connor Murphy. Cap hits same, so what he needs for a raise is only issue. Hamonic 2 years older but he would take care of his teammates and be an upgrade too.

  28. If Barrett does have center potential, Murphy and Strome would be a nice trade package to get some decent return, if you add Hamonic and Clifford. Smith and Maatta probably both go to at some point. Go with Kampf and Carpenter as 3rd and 4th centers until Barrett is ready maybe by mid season or if not add one at tdl if it made sense.

  29. Stan and company love Murphy and his character. The fact that he is a legitimate second pairing defenseman for under $4 Million means they are NOT trading him.

    Glad we signed Barratt and Alterbaymakian.

    Mitchell has Stud potential. I hear he will sign. Gosh I hope so.

  30. Craig that coukd be true, as much as i like Murphy, he is far from untouchable to me and if addressing the safest place in hockey, 10 feet in front of Blackhawks net means that type of move, i wouldn’t let Murphy being untouchable get in the way. Maatta quite likely be moved regardless and this sumner moving 7 or 44 maybe even 2 too be fine, but not all that realistic. Hopefully no more patchwork moves like Seeler to take a roster spot.

  31. Hamonic is a good idea. Think some of us here wanted to have him on team a couple yrs ago.

    People are going to love Barratt. Just like Bolly and Shawzer

  32. Put Maatta, hes going anyways, in that package and add Hamonic and kepp Muf for now. A 2nd pair of

    Hamonic Murphy would look like a team of HHNL deepness.

  33. I know it would be better to have Buckaroo and Beau might not be top 3 Defensemen, eince you get to 200 games.

    Regardless we have to have BoQ and Mitch. Have to.

    Mitch Boq
    Hamonic Murphy
    ? ?

  34. Mo your blueline be a little crowded or blocked unless somebody other than Maatta was moved, doesn’t like Seabrook or Dehaan be out for season, so that ltir is n’t an answer.

  35. I looking ahead more then just next yr. Your right. I see light sooner then others/I am looking ahead more.

  36. I forgot 20 to. Jut how do you fit 19 88 20 8 top 5 pick draft 12 17? Temply? in top 6 at once. When having a 3rd line of Enwhistle Kurachev Barratt.

    This is for farther then next yr.

  37. Earl-I’d trade Saad. I view his success as a consequence of who his linemates were than anything. Doesn’t hit, stand up for teammates…just sort of collects 6 million for 30 points. OK…I admit I’m still pissed about Panarin deal!! I trade in a package to give us cap space.

  38. Mo, Regula be Rfd. next season, just fimished real strong year in juniors, possibilty there of another 6’4″ impact defenseman after a year in minors. Give potential another top 4 guy with size and offensive upside.

  39. Yea not trying to forget anybody. Just thinking basic. Be huge if more are good then some. People prb thinking bla bla bla about Defensemen. though some stick and are good then all of sudden were deep again, when THEY say we got nothing in Rockford any good.

    Thats because they are skipping right past there.

  40. No thank you to Travis hamonic.
    He won’t be worth what some team will overpay him this year on a far too long of a contract.

  41. MRFENN92 with current state of world, the cap likely stays same at best, so be perfect time if able to, for a fa add as overpaying this year likely won’t happen. Alot of teams especially ones who would be big players in fa, won’t be, couple that with ability to protect somebody in expansion draft next summer. I don’t usually get on board with fa signings for that reason, so that was why i thought that it could work in this case.

  42. If donot sign ufas like Pie or Krug because they are too high. These kind are still really good and not as much.

    Bottom line is we have to sign at least one top 4 Defensemen ufa wise, if not trade wise. We have lots of good drafted Defensemen but not enough for top 4.

    Even if BoQ and Mitch are really good and we keep Murphy, we still need a DEF Defensemen like Hammer.

    We could trade for one like Hammer though. From a team that is screwed by salary cap not going up and or expansion draft.

    One way or the other were adding a top 4 Defensemen, that we didnt draft.

  43. Ryan Fedrau wrote an excellent piece on why not trade Strome. I want a new coach to be bright enough to pair Cat & Strome ( both skilled creative o guys) …with a grit- Mucker ( like a Carcillo- Mayer’s- Eager-Brouwer type). “watch” the magic return. “IF” Strome -Saad package ( we have to unload Saad & his 6 mil) gets us a top five pick- pull the trigger. I’d rather package Saad with Crawford for a top pick. BUT…give Strome 1 or 2 yrs @ 2.5. Typical Bownhead “ overpaid” Cat. I love Cat but a bridge for 2 years for less would have been the thing to do. Agents can “ smell” soft…that’s what Bownhead is. Just imagine Panarin paired with Kane, Cat with Strome. All we need is a Gilbert plus 1 on D & 2 Carcillos or Mayer’s or Brouwers @ forward. It will allow Dach & Entwhistle to grow before they have to an Eager or Brouwer. Barratt- play the kid- he is half Toews half Kane already. Don’t waste a year in all. Lay him- he’ll learn & adjust.

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