The Blackhawks announced Monday morning that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Collin Delia on a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2021-22 campaign and carries a cap hit of $1 million. The 24-year-old undrafted free agent was in the final year of a two-year, $1.85 million deal and was set to become a restricted free agent this summer.
"It's very nice," Delia said. "It's a huge vote of confidence in myself and my ability. Couldn't be happier to do it now. At this time of the year, it feels really good. ... To have an offer of a three-year contract, it's just amazing. I was very happy and we were very pleased. Happy to spend three more years in Chicago."
Delia is 6-2-3 with a 2.98 goals against average and .923 save percentage in 12 appearances this season. He was 7-5-4 with a 2.34 GAA and .933 save percentage in 17 games with the Rockford IceHogs this season before his call-up, coming off a Calder Cup playoff run in which he compiled a 2.34 GAA and .924 save percentage in 10 appearances.
Delia has built a large enough sample size in professional hockey for the Blackhawks to feel comfortable in investing in his services going forward, and at $1 million per year, it’s great value.
"I just think his confidence has really come out," coach Jeremy Colliton said. "I think his first few games in Rockford he didn't have that as much. Probably was in him but he really believes in himself and nothing seems to rattle him, whether it's a tough period or a bad goal or a rough stretch. In that position it's really important. The technical and athletic ability it's there. But I think a lot of guys I have it. It's the extra, how do you survive when things go against you? That's been nice to see."
With Corey Crawford under contract until the 2019-20 season, this essentially gives the Blackhawks a strong duo between the pipes next season for a combined $7 million. Not bad.
"Wow, that's great," Crawford said smiling, genuinely excited about the possibility of sharing the crease together for years to come. "He definitely deserves it. He's been playing really well. That's awesome. It's always a good day when you do something like that, I'm happy for him."
NHL draft analyst Steve Kournianos released his list for Top 50 players in NHL pipelines for the upcoming 2019-20 season. To the delight of Blackhawks fans everywhere, Adam Boqvist and Kirby Dach were ranked at number 10 and 13 respectively.
NHL prospect rankings: Top 50 players in NHL pipelines for 2019-20 https://t.co/C9dneFJerg— Steve Kournianos (@TheDraftAnalyst) August 21, 2019
Kournianos described 19-year-old defender Boqvist as a dominant rookie with 40 assists and 20 goals during his tenure with the London Knights. Fans speculate whether the Blackhawks will keep Boqvist on his junior squad for another year or pull him up to play with the American Hockey League Rockford Ice Hogs.
Kournianos said Dach was one of Team Canada’s top players at the World Junior Summer Showcase. The 18-year-old center is sure to be one of Canada’s main forwards during World Juniors and Dach has the flexibility to play anywhere in the Blackhawks lineup. Dach’s entry-level contract allows him up to nine NHL games this season, giving him the chance to return to the AHL or NHL after his junior season in the Western Hockey League is finished.
Both Boqvist and Dach are key player for the future of this team and it will interesting to watch the Hawks develop these younger players.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Blackhawks easily on your device.
On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle catches up with Senior VP of Hockey Operations, Al MacIsaac. They discuss the process the Blackhawks took in transforming the roster this off-season. MacIsaac is entering his 20th year with the Blackhawks and talks about the organizational changes over the last two decades. He also weighs in on the role analytics plays in evaluating current or potential Blackhawks and he explains why the team made a commitment to make its new practice facility the “gold standard” of the NHL.
0:45 – MacIsaac on changes within the Blackhawks organization in the last 20 years
4:00 – How the Blackhawks have added great depth this summer
5:25 – A good problem to have with two good goaltenders
6:23 – How the hockey ops meeting went at the end of last season
8:45 – How much the Blackhawks use and rely on analytics
10:27 – The importance of the Blackhawks strength and conditioning programs
12:24 – The planning behind Fifth Third Arena’s development
14:40 – The dynamic between hockey ops and business ops
16:37 – Agreements and disagreements within the hockey ops group
18:32 – MacIsaac’s longtime relationship with Mark Bernard
20:27 – Looking ahead to training camp and the regular season
22:42 – Tough decisions will need to be made when the season starts
Listen here or in the embedded player below.
Blackhawks Talk Podcast