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Dylan Strome wants to play rest of his career with Blackhawks

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The forward scored 51 points in 58 games after being acquired by Chicago.

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Dylan Strome is only 22 years old, but he believes he’s found the place where he wants to play until he retires.

“I’ll definitely be in Chicago for the majority of the summer. This is where I want to be, this is where I want to spend the rest of my career,” Strome said. “I think it’s good to be in a familiar environment and be comfortable here.”

The Blackhawks acquired Strome and Brendan Perlini from the Coyotes in exchange for Nick Schmaltz in late November, in a deal involving three former first-round draft picks.

Strome had seven goals and 15 points in 48 games with Arizona before the trade. Since he joined the Blackhawks, he has put up 17 goals and 51 points in 58 games while playing on the second line with former junior teammate Alex DeBrincat.

“Personally, I think it went pretty well after the trade. Obviously, didn’t start the way I wanted it to in Arizona, but I tried to turn it around as best I could here, produce and help the team win,” Strome said. “Every night, I tried to be a postive player and do my best.”

Strome has one year left on his entry-level deal before he can become a restricted free agent in 2020. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said during his season-ending press conference Sunday at the United Center that it’s too early to forecast when contract negotiations would take place for DeBrincat or Strome.