The Chicago Blackhawks are keeping a rugged forward in the mix for the foreseeable future. The team signed Sam Lafferty to a two-year contract extension that carries a $1.15 million cap hit.
The Blackhawks acquired Lafferty on Jan. 5 in a trade that sent Alex Nylander to the Pittsburgh Penguins. This swap marked Kyle Davidson’s second overall and first true NHL-level acquisition as then-interim GM.
“Sam’s speed and up-tempo style is the brand of hockey we hope to see the team play over the coming years,” Davidson said in a release. “He has showcased those skills since we acquired him. Sam adds a dynamic to our roster that allows him to fit seamlessly throughout the lineup and give our coaches a reliable forward that can be trusted in nearly every situation.”
Lafferty was a “change of scenery” success story during the 2021-22 season. He had a limited role in Pittsburgh but excelled upon joining the Blackhawks. Following the trade to Chicago, Lafferty notched 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 45 games. A relentless forechecker with exceptional speed, the 27-year-old quickly carved out a bottom-six role and became a mainstay with his new team.
As the Chicago Blackhawks endure a full-scale rebuild, Sam Lafferty will play a pivotal role in establishing the team’s identity in the years to come. Additionally, his modest contract will allow Kyle Davidson to add further pieces as the team builds for the future.
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