Thursday, May 11, 2017

NHL news: Blackhawks sign Panik to extension


       The Chicago Blackhawks have signed winger Richard Panik to a 2 year extension. TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported that the AAV and cap hit of Panik's deal is $2.8 million. In all, that's $5.6 million for Panik.
      
        "Richard made tremendous strides this past year and we were pleased with the consistency he showed throughout the season," Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said in a statement. "We are looking forward to having him in Chicago for the next two seasons."

         Panik, 26, was drafted 52nd overall (2nd round) in the 2009 NHL draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Martin, Slovakia native played just two seasons with the Lightning, with 22 points (8 goals and 14 assists) in 75 games before being claimed off waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

         Panik played just one season in Toronto, with 17 points (11 goals and 6 assists) in 76 games. Then, he was traded to the Hawks for Jeremy Morin.

         In two seasons with the Hawks, Panik has 52 points (28 goals and 24 assists) in 112 games. In 2016-17, Panik set career highs in goals (22), assists (also 22) and of course points (44), playing all 82 games for the first time.

          Altogether, he has 91 points (47 goals and 44 assists) in 263 career games. He's played for Slovakia in the 2010, 2014 and 2015 World Championships, and the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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