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Blackhawks agree to terms with RFA forwards John Quenneville, Dylan Sikura

Blackhawks agree to terms with RFA forwards John Quenneville, Dylan Sikura

The Blackhawks announced Friday that they have agreed to terms with pending restricted free agent forwards John Quenneville and Dylan Sikura.

Both of them signed two-year deals with an average annual value of $750,000. Year 1 is a two-way deal and Year 2 is a one-way deal, meaning their salaries in the NHL and AHL will differ in the first year.

GM Stan Bowman said at the 2019 NHL Draft that Quenneville was expected to be re-signed after he was acquired from New Jersey for John Hayden, although it’s unclear where Quenneville fits into the plans. He could compete for a bottom-six role in training camp, but is more likely to start the season in Rockford.

Sikura was always going to be re-signed, and Bowman singled him out as one of the guys who could take on a larger role after Dominik Kahun was traded to Pittsburgh in a deal that involved Olli Maatta coming to Chicago. He’s a player that should compete for a top-nine forward spot.

The most notable RFAs left to re-sign include David Kampf and Brendan Perlini.

Kampf reportedly did not receive a qualifying offer from the Blackhawks, making him an unrestricted free agent, but it was likely due to Kampf’s arbitration eligibility. The two sides continue to work on an extension.

Perlini is expected the be re-signed soon, and Bowman was confident that getting him extended wouldn’t be an issue.

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Blackhawks' Patrick Kane issues statement against racism

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane issues statement against racism

On Friday, Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane authored a Twitter thread against racism composed of four tweets that read as follows:

"Racism and injustice in our country must end.  

"As a white male in this society, I will never truly understand. But I want to help in this fight for change - and I know I cannot do that in silence. 

"I’m here to listen and to educate myself – but most importantly, to act. While I have so much more to learn and do, I was inspired by @jahmal_cole words, ‘What’s something simple I can do that will have a positive impact on my block?’

"Today, I’m contributing to Chicago’s own @mbmhmc (My Block, My Hood, My City) and @ASPChicago (All Stars Project of Chicago) and encourage others to learn more about the many inspirational and impactful organizations serving the black community.

"You may have seen this video already, but I think it’s important to share. It helped me begin to better understand systemic racism and open my eyes to the problems many may not be aware of."

Kane linked the following video, titled "Systemic Racism Explained", in his final tweet:

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Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews and Malcolm Subban participate in event for local youth

Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews and Malcolm Subban participate in event for local youth

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and goalie Malcolm Subban participated in a By the Hand Club event for Kids in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side Thursday. 

Per ChicagoBears.com, the event was coordinated by Bears outside linebacker Sam Acho. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and receiver Allen Robinson also took part in the function, along with Cubs players Jason Heyward and Jason Kipnis and the Bulls' Ryan Arcidiacono and Max Strus. 

The pro athletes spoke with children and representatives from the By the Hand Club, BUILD and the Westside Health Authority. Chicago police officers also joined to help form "healing circles." 

The group then took a bus tour of the neighborhood led by Alderman Emma Mitts and a youth leader from the By the Hand Club. Congressman Danny Davis also spoke to the group. 

The By the Hand Club for Kids is an after-school program whose mission is "helping children who live in under-resourced neighborhoods have an abundant life."

BUILD — Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership — an organization focusing on gang intervention, violence prevention and youth development, strives "to engage at-risk youth in schools and on the streets to help them realize their potential and contribute to our communities."



The Westside Health Authority provides services, promotes wellness and development, and encourages and enables growth, engagement and positive change. Its mission is "to use the capacity of local residents to improve the health and well-being of the community."

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