The Chicago Blackhawks have said all along that they want to bring back veteran winger Andrew Desjardins, and that’s exactly what GM Stan Bowman did on Friday as he reportedly signed the forward to a two-year contract extension.
Desjardins, who came over to the Blackhawks in a trade deadline swap that sent Ben Smith to the San Jose Sharks, ended up becoming a solidifying presence on the team’s fourth line, and he played a key part in the team’s third Stanley Cup championship in six seasons.
The new contract will pay him $800,000 per season, according to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada. Desjardins' agent said the winger took "far less" money to stay with the team because he "loves it there," Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Desjardins had a goal and three assists during the playoffs, and he picked up two assists in 13 games with the Blackhawks after the trade from San Jose.