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Speculation Growing Over Alex DeBrincat’s Future In Chicago

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The Chicago Blackhawks are expected to be open for trading this summer. Left winger Alex DeBrinkat could be their biggest selling point to acquire the assets needed to kick off a much needed roster overhaul.

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DeBrinkat, 24, will become a restricted free agent with arbitrage rights next summer, and he will become an unrestricted free agent a year later. Cap Friendly shows him currently, the average annual cost is $6.4 million. However, his actual salary next season is $9 million, which means the Blackhawks will cost the same amount to get his rights signed.

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Ben Pope from Chicago Sun-Times quoted reports that the Blackhawks allegedly called DeBrinkat. He considered the New Jersey Devils a top trading partner, citing their willingness to push their 2022 first round (second overall) to a powerhouse player.

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Pope also pointed out that the Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings were linked to the Blackhawks forward. One of them may lose his first-round pick this year.

Pierre Lebrun of The Athletic received a warning that there is no guarantee that the Blackhawks will move DeBrinkat. However, if they do, he believes it will be a package of quality futures, including a high draft pick.

DeBrinkat’s trade could also affect whether his teammate Patrick Kane ends his career with the Blackhawks. The 33-year-old winger remains one of the NHL’s top scorers. He has a year left on a contract with a $10.5 million ceiling and a full no-move clause.

Kane can waive his clause to join the playoff club. If the Blackhawks don’t keep some of his powerful cap shot, he won’t be traded until next season’s trade deadline.



Source: thehockeynews.com

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