Blackhawks Sign Sam Lafferty to Two-Year Extension

In early January, then-interim GM Kyle Davidson made what felt like a minor trade. He sent forward Alex Nylander to Pittsburgh for forward Sam Lafferty, who had two assists in just ten appearances for the Penguins this season.

Since he joined the Blackhawks, Lafferty has five goals and six assists in 45 games and has carved out a nice role in Chicago’s bottom six. Now, it appears he’ll be part of the short-term future.

Chicago is reportedly signing Lafferty to a two-year extension with a $1.15M cap hit. He joins Reese Johnson as an affordable, physical bottom six forward to get a new deal since Davidson became the permanent general manager.

11 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Sam Lafferty to Two-Year Extension

  • April 29, 2022 at 9:09 am

    I wasn’t too crazy about the trade at first because he seemed just average but at the time a bag of pucks for Nylander would have been a win. But he’s showed his speed and his decent penalty killing and this is a good pickup. If he could finish on his breakaways, he’s got potential to score a lot more goals. Have to give KD an “A” for picking him up.

  • April 29, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Good signing, a forward for a 1.15m caphit who can be a serviceable as middle 6 forward. Ideally a regular pker anchoring a 4th line with Katchouk, having Entwistle and R. Johnson as in 12-13 forwatd roles would be where his role is, but wait and see where they need him most.

  • April 29, 2022 at 9:37 am

    agree. very good signing for a serviceable bottom six guy who can kill penalties and give a good showing if he has to fill in for the top six when injuries occur. very good energy and hustle. best result for the hawks is for him to be forced down to 4c because the top nine has been improved. i feel a team can compete for a cup with lafferty as their 4c. if lafferty has to be the 3c the team needs significant help in their middle six.

  • April 29, 2022 at 10:52 am

    The guy is a warrior with limited talent but with big heart and a possibility to become better ,just turn 27 last month ,he has speed , not afraid to go in dirty area, like to compete,focus on his job with the team ,strong and not afraid to fight, good at that price it’s a very good deal .glad to see him back for next 2 years and think that he can improve a bit and will probably have his best year in NHL in 23 now that the deal is done he will be able to think about how to improve his game .
    Just my 2 pesos

  • April 29, 2022 at 12:05 pm

    We’ve got the Kampf-Kruger spot filled, perhaps even upgraded(?), and if he finds a pair of hands, maybe something more

  • April 29, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    This is a good signing. His desire and spirit resemble Hagel’s. Probably less skill, but maybe that can be improved. Tommy Ivan – Can the Hawks hire a “hands of stone” coach to work with him? I guess if they could, they would have hired one for Kampf.

    One of the many problems for the Hawks in recent years has been a weak bottom 6. They seem to be solidifying those roles, although I am not sure I understand what Reese Johnson brings. In recent weeks, Lafferty has been very effective causing problems for the competition and getting some nice assists. Hopefully, it’s not one of those fluky periods like we saw with Perlini a few years back. Maybe the points are fluky but the effort isn’t and it will always be there.

  • April 29, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    I like Lafferty because of his speed and hustle – as others noted ideally he’s your 4C

    That’s an upgrade over RJ and he can fill in capably higher up the line up if needs be

    Glad KD got it done sooner than later

  • April 29, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    I like this. He earned it. Not a lot of bucks, but a step up for him and an easy deal for us.

    I love effort. He fits that.

  • April 30, 2022 at 4:52 am

    An excellent choice. This summer, and if anyone knows him or Sam’s friends…
    Nothing at all, that doesn’t include his hands. He finds that?…That guy has Tom Wilson written on his forehead. And its gonna hurt.

  • May 1, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Should have kept Kampf as well, he had a good year with Toronto, 10 goals, not bad eh ? But this is a decent signing. Mid showed some hustle , speed and willingness to play some tough minutes.

  • May 4, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    this is at the very least a great signing, it could even prove to be a steal. I only say that because while he didn’t put up a lot of points, since coming to the team, he had many of the best looks- drives hard to the net and willing to play tough. seemed like bad puck luck overall. keep doing good things KD

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