Connor Bedard alongside Blackhawks teammate Lukas Reichel
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Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward loses out on millions in major turn of events

Published January 19, 2024 at 10:35 PM
In a shocking twist, Lukas Reichel, once touted as a top prospect within the Blackhawks organization, is now facing the fact that he is losing out on some serious cash in his next NHL contract.

The Athletic's Mark Lazerus spilled the tea, revealing that the 21-year-old was initially gearing up for a nice pay bump after his entry-level deal potentially in the range of a multi-million dollar deal. But, hold the phone, things have taken a turn.

With only eight points in 34 games and a not-so-rosy -19 rating this season, as well as fourth-line demotions alongside a healthy scratch, Reichel might be looking at a less lucrative qualifying offer as a restricted free agent.

Despite the bumps in the road, Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson and head coach Luke Richardson aren't ready to throw in the towel on Reichel. They're convinced he's got that NHL magic, nixing any immediate plans to shuffle him off to the AHL.

As the drama unfolds, it's becoming clear that Reichel's next contract talks are entering a pivotal phase. The financial stakes are high, and how he navigates the aftermath of this rollercoaster season could be a game-changer in his budding career.

Stay tuned, hockey's got its own share of off-ice drama heating up.
January 19   |   418 answers
Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward loses out on millions in major turn of events

How much does this Blackhawks young star deserve on his next deal?

Under one million8219.6 %
1 - 2 million15737.6 %
3 - 4 million9222 %
5 million above8720.8 %
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