Blackhawks Sign Tyler Sikura, Erik Gustafsson to Extensions

On Tuesday morning the Blackhawks announced two contract extensions.

Defenseman Erik Gustafsson received a two-year deal, which was rumored on Monday.

And forward Tyler Sikura received a one-year contract from the NHL club.

Sikura, 25, signed an AHL contract with the IceHogs before the 2017-18 season. His 16 goals make him the leader in Rockford; Matthew Highmore had 21 but is now with the Blackhawks. The older Sikura is listed at 6-2 and 195 pounds and has had a good first season with the organization, appearing in 57 games.

Sikura’s younger brother, Dylan, is one of the Blackhawks’ top prospects and is currently a senior at Northeastern University.

19 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Tyler Sikura, Erik Gustafsson to Extensions

  • March 6, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Good job dropping some coin on Dylan’s older brother. In that sense it is money well spent.

    I find it hard to believe you couldn’t find ten guys willing to take a min contract in the off-season who are just as good as Gus.

  • March 6, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Taking care of business. Makes you wonder if Rutta will be resigned.

  • March 6, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Make a complete mess out of Kempny, but keep Gustafsson. Even Pulford wouldn’t do that. Everyone knows what the Sikura thing is, so hopefully it’s an indicator that little bro is going to sign.

  • March 6, 2018 at 11:23 am

    What puzzles me is 2 years ago Gustafsson made a not really big impression and spends the next year and half in minors. Then he comes this year in 20 games or so and has not been really all that good and extend him for 2 years. Maybe a 6 to8 depth dman or trade bait at draft with a locked up to a cap friendly deal. Kempny getting a good look now with Caps, good luck to him, didn’t want to see him in press box again next year.

  • March 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    @Ian: your post yesterday on giveaways/takeaways was good. It would be interesting to know how much this correlates with size (ie. bigger guys taking puck from smaller ones/smaller guys not being able to protect it).

    All our guys cough it up regularly, so you can’t say from looking at our club alone (you’d need the data for the entire league and some history to do it right). The avg player now weighs 201-2 lbs. Guys like Forsling, Osterle and Gus give up 20-30 pounds. That’s a lot and and when combined with a lack of snarl even more (and our guys are not just undersized but soft).

    While the game has moved towards speed and skill, strength and size still make a difference. I think we have gone way to far in one direction.

    As for Gus, he sure made an impression in Game 7 against Blows (and followed that up with a -27 year in Rockford). Maybe that could be his new number next year?

  • March 6, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    DA HAWKS, 7’s contract is a major problem but be careful what you with for in wanting to package 19. Despite his disappointing season, he may be worth something equivalent to a mid-1st round pick.

  • March 6, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Oops. Corrected word.

    DA HAWKS, 7’s contract is a major problem but be careful what you wish for in wanting to package 19. Despite his disappointing season, he may be worth something equivalent to a mid-1st round pick.

  • March 6, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Yeah Jordyhawk you go a long ways into it. I was just showing that as a defensice unit they gotta find a way to do better than -200 differential in take/giveaways.

  • March 6, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Jordyhawk – hilarious re: Pulford.

  • March 6, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Gus and most of his cap hit can be buried in AHL if it comes to that.

    I don’t see him as a top 6 next year but depth and he’s got some upside so there’s that

    What Hawks really need is a quality add or two to their D corps

  • March 6, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    The fact that he’s signed for 2 years – maybe easier to trade…?

    And maybe get more than a good pair of shin pads in return…?

  • March 6, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Hawks need two legit top 4 defencemen. Jokiharu will be one of them. Need to draft or find one in free agency. Murphy is a 5 and Gustafsson Forsling Rutta Dahlstrom are in the mix for 6 and 7 slots.

  • March 6, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    So what is Gustafsson’s Cap hit?

  • March 6, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Gustafsson’s cap hit is reportedly $1.2M on the new deal

  • March 6, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    DEMO, keep in mind that some of these young Ds will improve next year. However, except for Keith and, hopefully, Jokiharu, 1-4 slots may continue to be a real problem.

  • March 6, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    I am not sure that Gus is worth 1.2 mil, but the kid can skate. The coaches can teach him positioning and the use of his body. Guys who can skate the puck out of trouble are a rare commodity. Let’s see if he can develop over the summer and maybe be a productive D-man in the future.

  • March 6, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Hey Reggie.

    Were not going to go full top 4 with our good prospects. So we are going to get one ufa or trade. UFA are free and cost a little more. Worth it. Question is do we add a ufa this summer or next. Whos available this summer and next.

  • March 9, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    If Bowman thinks Sikura will sign becauase of. a 1 year ext. not 3 – Sikura will see through this insult if he hasn’t already (it looks like a threat) – THAN he’s even stupider that I thought (if) possible. Thanks to Keiths and SLOWbrookS contract have the Hawks screwed. They WILL be trading DeBrincat or Schmaltz in their prime or BEFORE due to the CAP.

    Tuevo …. and. several others for what RENTALS… that didn’t pan out, how many more till he’s canned with Q !

    5 & 6 more years respectfully or is it 6 & 7 ? – UTTER STUPIDITY NMC YET !

    Buy out Seabrook or move him to AHL – he can teach what he ONCE could do ! and give up the puck or every other a bad pass ..

  • March 9, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    So for Ray and anyone else who doesn’t understand the CBA… (smh)

    Because Sikura stayed 4 years in college, his ELC will be a two-year deal.

    Also, based on the comment, I would consider Ray a subject matter expert on UTTER STUPIDITY

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