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.