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Blackhawks Secure Goaltender Petr Mrazek with Two-Year Contract Extension

Blackhawks Secure Goaltender Petr Mrazek with Two-Year Contract Extension




In a move aimed at solidifying their goaltending position, the Chicago Blackhawks have officially announced a two-year contract extension with veteran goaltender Petr Mrazek. The new deal will keep Mrazek with the Blackhawks through the 2025-26 NHL season and comes with a salary-cap hit of $4.25 million.


Mrazek, currently 12-17-1 with a .907 save percentage and a 3.01 goals-against average, has been a consistent presence for the Blackhawks this season. His performance has been noteworthy, especially in light of the team's rebuilding phase. The goaltender expressed his satisfaction with his role and highlighted the positive atmosphere within the team.


“It’s something that we’re trying to change here, the culture and everything, and it’s been fun for me, playing every night and being healthy, feeling good about yourself, and having good games. It definitely helps,” Mrazek commented. “But No. 1 thing for me is to turn things around here as a team and start winning games soon.”


The Blackhawks, currently in a rebuilding phase, have been strategic in securing key players for the future. Mrazek's contract extension follows similar deals for veteran players Nick Foligno and Jason Dickinson, both signed to two-year contracts with significant salary-cap hits.

“Going forward, I think there’s a lot of young guys that can prove themselves and be in the NHL for a long time and help this franchise to go forward,” Mrazek remarked. “And we are the ones who are going to try to help them get better and get where they are supposed to be.”


With these recent contract extensions, the Blackhawks are signaling a commitment to a blend of experienced players and emerging talent. The focus appears to be on fostering a competitive and supportive environment that can contribute to the team's future success.


The strategic signing of Mrazek, Foligno, and Dickinson could also impact the Blackhawks' approach to the upcoming NHL trade deadline. Flush with draft capital, prospects, and cap space, the team may opt for a quieter deadline, potentially taking on bad contracts from contending teams in exchange for further assets.


Petr Mrazek, who will turn 32 on February 14, joined the Blackhawks in a trade with Toronto in July 2022. In his first season with the team, Mrazek posted a 10-22-3 record with a 3.66 goals-against average and an .894 save percentage. The goaltender has been praised for his resilience, overcoming injury troubles from the previous season and contributing to the team's recent performances.

“I think last year he had a little bit of injury trouble, and he corrected that,” noted coach Luke Richardson. “He had a great finish last year for us, and this year he’s been great. He came in in great shape. I think we’re trying to manage his load so he doesn’t get overworked, but the schedule’s worked out fine for him and he’s played great.”


Mrazek's extensive experience, having made his NHL debut with Detroit in 2013, adds valuable depth to the Blackhawks' goaltending corps. As the team navigates its rebuilding phase, the goaltender's leadership and performance on the ice are expected to play a crucial role in shaping the future trajectory of the franchise.

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