Dylan Strome

After Alex DeBrincat signs extension with Blackhawks, is Dylan Strome next?

After Alex DeBrincat signs extension with Blackhawks, is Dylan Strome next?

GM Stan Bowman had a busy offseason, revamping the Blackhawks’ roster through trades and free-agent signings. But all of those moves were carefully executed knowing full well that the entry-level contracts of Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome expire following the 2019-20 season.

Bowman got out in front of DeBrincat’s on Thursday — one day before the season started — by inking the 40-goal scorer to a three-year extension worth $6.4 million annually. It’s a deal that’s a win-win for both sides, with DeBrincat getting his big raise and the Blackhawks locking him up for a number that doesn’t break the bank.

So with DeBrincat’s extension taken care of, is Strome next?

The tricky part about Strome's negotiation is that his sample size isn't very large (with the Blackhawks, that is). And his production with Chicago is day and night compared to his time with the Coyotes.

In 48 games with Arizona, Strome compiled 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) and bounced around the NHL and AHL. In 58 games with Chicago, he registered 51 points (17 goals, 34 assists). That’s close to a point-per-game average.

Bowman wasn’t giving any hints as to when a deal could get done with Strome but acknowledged that’s next on the agenda.

"I don't anticipate negotiating through the press with Dylan either and I think that was a nice thing with Alex, you guys kind of left us alone with that one, so I would suggest to do the same thing," Bowman joked with the media. "But we have time on that. Certainly that's the next order of business. Whether we do it now or in a month or in six months, I can't say at this point, but certainly that's something we'll take a look at."

Could Strome see it happening in a similar fashion as DeBrincat by getting it out of the way with?

It would probably benefit Strome to play out the season to prove that he can be the player that was drafted but No. 3 overall in 2015. But with DeBrincat taking a relatively team-friendly deal in the short term, perhaps Strome will follow suit. 

"I haven't really thought too much about that," Strome said. "I'm just looking forward to the season. It's a long ways away so we'll see what happens."

Like DeBrincat, Strome is more focused on the overall success of his team than his next contract. They haven’t gotten a taste of the Stanley Cup Playoffs yet and history shows you get rewarded with postseason success. That’s where Strome is at mentally.

"I think everyone's different," Strome said when asked if his second contract weighs on his mind. "Just not think about it too much. Obviously we're getting paid to play this game and it's a privilege, so go out there and try to have fun every day and win for our team. When the team does well usually individuals do well so I think you just got to look at it that way. Hopefully this team can make the playoffs and I think everything will work itself out."

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Blackhawks finalize 2019 Opening Day roster

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Blackhawks finalize 2019 Opening Day roster

PRAGUE — The Blackhawks have officially finalized their roster ahead of Opening Day.

Collin Delia was reassigned to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, hours after Carl Dahlstrom was claimed off waivers by the Winnipeg Jets.

Connor Murphy (groin) and John Quenneville (right hip) will begin the season on injured reserve while Kirby Dach (concussion protocol) will start the season on injured/non-roster designation.

Here's what the final product looks like, which consists of 21 players:

Forwards (13):
— Drake Caggiula
— Ryan Carpenter
— Alex DeBrincat
— David Kampf
— Patrick Kane
— Dominik Kubalik
— Alex Nylander
— Brendan Perlini
— Brandon Saad
— Andrew Shaw
— Zack Smith
— Dylan Strome
— Jonathan Toews

Defensemen (6):
— Calvin de Haan
— Erik Gustafsson
— Duncan Keith
— Slater Koekkoek
— Olli Maatta
— Brent Seabrook

Goaltenders (2):
— Corey Crawford 
— Robin Lehner

The Blackhawks open the 2019-20 campaign on Friday in Prague, where they will take on the Philadelphia Flyers at 12 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago.

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome live from the Blackhawks Convention

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome live from the Blackhawks Convention

The biggest bromance in the NHL joins the Blackhawks Talk Podcast live from the Blackhawks Convention. Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome join Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis to break down their long-time friendship, share stories of their time playing with Connor McDavid and look ahead to the upcoming Blackhawks season.

0:47 – Dylan Strome on his first convention

1:11 – Alex DeBrincat on another convention experience

1:30 – On staying in Chicago to train

3:20 – Strome on using a shorter stick than usual

4:27 – How much did they pay attention to the Hawks roster changes?

5:04 – On Andrew Shaw playing on Strome/DeBrincat line

6:13 – How Connor McDavid was there before the Strome/DeBrincat bromance

8:09 – On playing with Connor McDavid with Erie

9:00 – DeBrincat’s feistiness on the ice getting Strome and McDavid in trouble

10:00 – Biggest pet peeves in their friendship

10:45 – Who keeps who in order in the friendship?

11:30 – Friendship put aside during the World Championships this spring

12:19 – On the Canada/USA rivalry

13:05 – How much of the playoffs did they watch?

14:08 – On the Blues winning the Stanley Cup

15:20 – Early impressions of Kirby Dach, Adam Boqvist and other prospects

16:23 – Advice to prospects trying to break the team after camp

17:42 – Strome on why he only would have wanted to get traded to Chicago

19:18 – DeBrincat on the goal scoring lead wager with Patrick Kane

20:36 – How Patrick Kane continues to get better over time

22:27 – Strome’s competition with his brothers

24:04 – Who they would dream to play in a line with

25:05 – How they chose their sweater numbers

26:13 – DeBrincat on his pregame doughnuts tradition

26:55 – On Strome’s Blackhawks debut

27:45 – Favorite non-hockey memories from their time in Erie

29:10 – Best (and worst) parts of playing together

30:10 – The scoop on Ralph DeBrindog!

31:00 – First tourist things they did in Chicago

31:45 – Best nicknames on the Blackhawks

32:50 – Favorite players growing up

33:30 – Their mental preparation before games

34:23 – The Blackhawks Lightning Round

37:49 – Who is the better dancer between Strome and DeBrincat?

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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