On Thursday morning the Chicago Blackhawks announced a two-year extension with forward Richard Panik. The deal reportedly carries a $2.8M cap hit.
At $2.8 million per year, Panik left money on the table but credit to the player for knowing a good fit when he sees one. Smart decision
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) May 11, 2017
Panik, 26, had 22 goals and 22 assists in 82 games with Chicago in 2016-17. He led the Blackhawks with 147 hits and also blocked 45 shots. Panik averaged 14:44 on ice per game.
Given his production and this cap hit he will be a tempting player for Vegas to consider in the expansion draft.
The #Blackhawks projected salary cap for 2017-18 sits at $73,062,628 + the $3,558,000 they incurred in bonus overages from this past season.
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) May 11, 2017