The Chicago Blackhawks nearly have their roster set but there is just one last thing missing, 23-year-old winger Brendan Perlini. Perlini was traded to the Blackhawks alongside Dylan Strome this past season and he fit in well with Chicago’s roster.
In his first 46 games with the Hawks, Perlini put up 12 goals with 3 assists for 15 points and a -12 rating. He averaged 10:36 with a 15.6% shot percentage and 45.2% Corsi For.
Perlini did well with the Hawks even in the limited time he was there, showing off his wicked shot and added toughness. Perlini also had his first career hat trick this season in a 7-1 victory over his old team, the Arizona Coyotes. He shows fantastic potential for this team as they’re being dragged through some rough years.
The Blackhawks have $3,336,539 in Cap Space so they have the funds to file Perlini in. My suggestion, based off of his numbers and the numbers of players like him that have found themselves in this situation, is a 2-4 year contract with an AAV between the $1.5 million to $2 million range.
Perlini is still finding his place in Chicago so a nice little bridge deal would be the way to go. Jared McCann was in the same place with Florida last summer and he took a nice 2 year, $1.25 million contract. Lawson Crouse just took a $1,533,333 AAV for the next 3 years in Arizona. Jason Dickinson just took $1.5 million in Dallas for 2 more seasons.
Bridge deals between an ELC and the big bucks are quickly becoming a thing of the past with some players but it would work best for both the Blackhawks and Perlini in this case.
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