The Blackhawks announced Thursday they have re-signed pending restricted free agent forward Matthew Highmore and goaltender Kevin Lankinen and agreed to terms with forward prospects Evan Barratt and Andrei Altybarmakyan on entry-level contracts.
Highmore's deal is for two years that runs through the 2021-22 season and carries a $725,000 average annual value (AAV). Lankinen's deal is also for two years that runs through the 2021-22 campaign and carries a $800,000 AAV.
Barratt's deal is for three years that runs through the 2022-23 season and carries an $870,000 AAV while Altybarmakyan's is a two-year deal that runs through the 2021-22 campaign and carries a $817,500 AAV.
Highmore has six points (two goals, four assists) in 36 games with the Blackhawks this season, and registered 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 21 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Lankinen went 8-10-2 with a 3.03 goals-against average and .909 save percentage for Rockford before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery on March 2.
Barratt, who was drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round (No. 90 overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, is the most notable signing. He registered a team-high 12 goals and 22 assists for 34 points in 34 games during his junior season at Penn State, and was also a Hobey Baker nominee in 2019 after setting career-highs in goals (16), assists (27) and points (43) as a sophomore.
Altybarmakyan was also taken in the third round (No. 70 overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft. He registered career highs in goals (six), assists (11) and points (17) in 49 games this season for HK Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League, and appeared in three games for HK Tambov of the VHL.
With the re-signing of Highmore and Lankinen, the Blackhawks now have nine pending restricted free agents, which most notably includes Drake Caggiula, Dominik Kubalik and Dylan Strome.
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