The Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Adam Gaudette on a one-year contract extension, the team announced Monday. His cap hit is $997,500.
Gaudette, who was a pending restricted free agent, was not tendered a qualifying offer from the Blackhawks by Monday's 4 p.m. CT deadline but that's because the two sides had already ironed out an extension on their own terms. The deal was announced minutes after the qualifying offer news.
Gaudette registered four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games this season with the Blackhawks, who acquired the 24-year-old forward from the Vancouver Canucks on April 12 in exchange for forward Matthew Highmore. He had seven points (four goals, three assists) in 33 games with the Canucks prior to the trade.
Gaudette showed flashes in a small sample size with the Blackhawks, but a full-time roster spot isn't necessarily guaranteed to him next season. It's expected to be a crowded forward group heading into training camp and he's likely going to be competing for a role on the bottom-six.