The Blackhawks re-signed pending restricted free agents Matthew Highmore and Kevin Lankinen to two-year contract extensions Thursday. Both contracts are two-way deals in the first year and transition into one-way deals in the second.
Highmore, a bottom-six forward, had six points (two goals, four assists) and a 47.68 Corsi-For rating in a career-high 36 NHL games this past season while playing on the fourth line for the Blackhawks. The 24-year-old forward also had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 21 AHL games for the Rockford IceHogs.
Lankinen, also 24, went 8-10-2 with a 3.03 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 21 games this season before he had season-ending left shoulder surgery March 2. His expected recovery is four-to-five months.
I'm excited to be back with the @NHLBlackhawks for two more years.— Kevin Lankinen (@KLankinen) April 2, 2020
I want to thank the Chicago Blackhawks organization and I hope everybody is doing well and staying healthy during these times pic.twitter.com/5wmWgeX7nF
Year 1: $700,000 NHL/$450,000 AHL
Year 2: $700,000 NHL
Year 1: $750,000 NHL/$500,000 AHL
Year 2: $850,000 NHL
Blackhawks pending restricted free agents
Forwards: Drake Caggiula, Alexandre Fortin (AHL), Dominik Kubalik, Jacob Nilsson (AHL), Dylan Strome
Defensemen: Slater Koekkoek, Ian McCoshen (AHL), Joni Tuulola (AHL)
Goaltender: Malcolm Subban