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.