NHL Free Agency Open Thread

Come discuss the action around the league as the free agency window opens.

NHL Free Agency Open Thread

The NHL free agency window opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. While the Blackhawks have been connected somewhat to a few UFAs – such as Max Domi and J.T. Compher – the team is not expected to be particularly active as they already made a few moves ahead of free agency for veteran players.

This is probably a good thing, as the 2023 free agency class is pretty weak and the few good players are likely too rich for the Blackhawks current rebuilding strategy. They also already have 12 forwards who finished in Chicago last season signed – and that number doesn't include Connor Bedard, Lukas Reichel, or Philipp Kurashev – so there isn't much space upfront. On defense, the Blackhawks have four players signed, so they could theoretically look to sign another defensemen – especially someone who plays on the right, as they have limited RD options currently – but they're likely keeping spots open for prospects vying to make the NHL full time.

Here is the recap of their offseason moves so far:

  • June 8: Re-signed pending UFA Andreas Athanasiou to a two-year deal with an AAV of $4.25 million
  • June 22: Re-signed pending RFA Joey Anderson to one-year deal with an AAV of $800,000
  • June 26: Acquired Taylor Hall – who has two years left on his current contract with an AAV of $6 million – and the rights to pending UFA Nick Foligno from the Boston Bruins
  • June 27: Signed Nick Foligno to one-year contract with a $4-million cap hit
  • June 29-30: Acquired the rights to pending UFA Corey Perry from Tampa and subsequently signed him to a one-year contract with a $4 million cap hit
  • June 30: Gave a qualifying offer to pending RFA Philipp Kurashev