The Blackhawks offseason isn’t 24 hours old and the spending has reportedly already begun. On Tuesday evening, GM Stan Bowman announced during an exclusive season ticket-holder interview the team has signed forward Henrik Borgström two-year deal that runs through the 2022-23 season and reportedly carries a $1 million cap hit.
Scott Powers at The Athletic reported the deal earlier on Tuesday.
The Hawks acquired Borgström in the trade that sent defenseman Lucas Carlsson and center Lucas Wallmark to the Florida Panthers; Chicago also received forward Brett Connolly, defenseman Riley Stillman and a seventh-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft in that deal.
Borgström played college hockey at the University of Denver, where he was teammates with current Hawks defenseman Ian Mitchell and former Hawks prospect Blake Hillman. When the trade was made, Bowman admitted he was Borgström caught his eye.
“Henrik was a dominant college player,” Bowman said in early April. “One of the best college players I’ve seen the last 10 years.”