The Chicago Blackhawks continued to lock up some fan favorites by announcing a two-year extension for forward Jason Dickinson Tuesday morning. The extension will begin next season and go through the end of the 2025–26 season. The annual salary cap hit will be $4.25 million. This follows an extension for de-facto captain Nick Foligno for two years last week.
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Dickinson came to the Blackhawks from the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 7, 2022, with a 2024 second-round pick for defenseman Riley Stillman. Dickinson is currently third on the Blackhawks in scoring with 21 points (14 goals, seven assists) while shooting 21.2%. Dickinson has 125 career points (53 goals, 72 assists) in his nine NHL seasons (404 regular season games) with the Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks and Blackhawks with nine points (five goals, four assists) in 40 career postseason games.
“Jason adds a unique two-way game to our lineup and his compete level is consistently strong every night,” said Blackhawks General Manager Kyle Davidson in a press release. “He’s showing his offensive game this year, which has been a huge lift to our team. His leadership has been instrumental, and the impact has been evident around the room, particularly with our young guys. We’re excited to bring him back and to see him continue to grow with our team.”
The 28-year-old former first-round pick of the Stars will bring some more veteran leadership and stability in the middle of the lineup and ensure that the team is securely over the salary cap floor while Davidson navigates this tricky rebuild. Ideally, he would end up as a third- or fourth-line player when this team is competing for playoff positions.
The Blackhawks host the San Jose Sharks tonight in a battle for the bottom. The puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CST.