Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Blackhawks New Addition, Artem Anisimov, Agree to 5-year Extension

Newly acquired center, Artem Anisimov, comes with one year remaining on his current contract.  As of this afternoon, he now has a new 5-year, $22.75 million contract extension.  His current cap hit for the 2015-16 season will be $3.2 million.  When his new contract kicks in during the 2016-17 season, his new cap hit will be $4.5 million.

Stan Bowman was very excited when talking about the addition of Anisimov.  I don't think anyone knew how excited until today when before he could be introduced, Anisimov had a new contract extension inked to be the #2 center for the Blackhawks for the foreseeable future.

Bowman stated that he had been looking for a big center for a long time because there were not many out there.  The Hawks haven't had a big center, other than Michal Handzus, in a very long time.  Well, at 6'4", and 27 years of age, Anisimov is going to have a great opportunity to earn his worth by being on a line with Patrick Kane.

As much as everyone hates the trade of Brandon Saad, 22, the more we look into what Bowman was able to bring back in return, the future is still bright for the Hawks.  Richards, 35, signed with Detroit, Vermette, 32, went back to Arizona.  When Anisimov's contract ends, he will be 32.

Marko Dano, 20, has been viewed as a very talented star.  Last year, playing 35 games for the Blue Jackets, he had 21 points (8G, 13A).  Mind you, he was playing for Columbus.  The Columbus Blue Jackets...yeah.

Both Anisimov and Dano have been praised for their two-way play, which fits well into Quenneville's game plan of being able to have a defensive game plan.  We all know that Quenneville doesn't care for playing his young talent, but look at the impact Teuvo Teravainen, 20, played in this year's playoffs.

Not to mention the anticipated arrival of KHL star, Artemi Panarin, 23, this Blackhawks team is getting younger and still, very talented.  Time will tell, but I for one am getting very excited for the upcoming year.


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