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Blackhawks agree to terms with Hardman on extension

/ by Charlie Roumeliotis
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Mike Hardman

The Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Mike Hardman on a two-year contract extension, the team announced Tuesday. His cap hit is $800,000.

Hardman has one year left on his entry-level deal that carries a $912,500 cap hit. His second contract will keep him tied to Chicago through the 2023-24 season.

Hardman, 22, registered three points (one goal, two assists) in eight games with the Blackhawks last season. He, most notably, was credited with 38 hits, which ranked No. 10 on the team; his hits-per-60 minutes of 25.9 ranked second.

Hardman is a physical forward that's more likely to start the 2021-22 season with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League given the crowded group at the NHL club, but figures to compete for a consistent fourth-line role on the Blackhawks in the coming years.

Hardman originally signed with the Blackhawks in March following his sophomore campaign at Boston College, where he recorded 22 goals and 22 assists for 44 points in 58 games across two seasons.

"The city of Chicago is unbelievable and such a good hockey town, but also seeing that the team's really young and there's an opportunity for me to play," Hardman said after signing his entry-level contract in March. "I thought it was the right fit."

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