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Blackhawks agree to extensions with F Highmore, G Lankinen

by Patrice Charette (2020-05-06)


CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to two-year contract extensions with forward Matthew Highmore and goaltender Kevin Lankinen. The first year of each extension is a two-way deal. Highmore's agreement has an average annual value of $725,000, and Lankinen's extension carries an average annual value of $800,000. The Blackhawks also announced Thursday that forwards Evan Barratt and Andrei Altybarmakyan had agreed to entry-level contracts. Barratt's three-year deal runs through the 2022-23 season with an average annual value of $870,000, and Altybarmakyan's two-year contract carries an average annual value of $817,500 and runs through the 2021-22 season.

The 24-year-old Highmore has turned into a reliable depth forward for Chicago. He has two goals and four assists in a career-high 36 games this season. Lankinen is still looking for his NHL debut, but he could compete for the backup role with the Blackhawks next season. He is 8-10-2 with a 3.03 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage this season with Rockford of the AHL. Lankinen, who turns 25 on April 28, helped lead Finland to gold at the 2019 world championship, going 7-1-0 with a 1.50 GAA during the tournament.

Chicago Blackhawks' Matthew Highmore (36) battles San Jose Sharks' Kevin Labanc (62) for a loose puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Chicago. Chicago won 6-2. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) Barratt, 21, was selected by Chicago in the third round of the 2017 draft. He had 12 goals during his junior season at Penn State. Altybarmakyan, another third-round pick from the 2017 draft, spent this season with HK Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League and HK Tambov of the VHL.

The last-place Blackhawks haven't played any games since their 6-2 win over San Jose on March 11. The NHL has suspended its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___ More AP NHL: website and website Advertisement

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