Blackhawks forward Richard Panik signed a two year extension on Thursday. Panik, coming off a 22 goal season in Chicago, will receive $2.8 million dollars per year, a big upgrade from the $875,000 he made last season.
“Richard made tremendous strides this past year and we were pleased with the consistency he showed throughout the season,” Bowman said. “We are looking forward to having him in Chicago for the next two seasons.”
Panik skated on the top-line next to Toews. It was a great duo all season long. As the expansion draft nears, the Blackhawks know they will lose some players. But yhs extension looks like the Blackhawks will protect Panik in the draft.
Panik was acquired from Toronto for Jeremy Morin in January of 2016.
Another note, Panik played in all 82 games. His reliability and production should be taken note of.
“The first offer they gave me surprised me, said Panik. There wasn’t much thinking involved. … It was a really good one.”