Alex DeBrincat

DeBrincat was traded to the Ottawa Senators and Dach was sent to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday as part of the long-awaited teardown of the Chicago Blackhawks.

This year’s seventh and 39th picks, as well as a third-rounder in 2024, were traded for DeBrincat, who is expected to receive a large contract in the near future. Minutes later, the Chicago Blackhawks used that pick on Canadian defenseman Kevin Korchinski, a restricted free agent.

With the sale of Farmington Hills defenseman Alex DeBrincat, the Senators have signaled a change toward a win-now mentality, while the Blackhawks have fallen even further out of contention a year after making moves like securing Seth Jones and Marc-Andre Fleury.

It’s possible they’re trying to do something similar to what we tried to accomplish a few years back, according to Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. “Now we’re attempting to do something that a lot of teams were trying to do, and that’s winning a lot of hockey games.”

Alex DeBrincat

The future of longstanding Blackhawks stars and three-time Stanley Cup winners Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, whose contracts expire at the end of next season, is suddenly the subject of much speculation.

DeBrincat, whose contract is set to expire after the 2022-23 season and which is projected to bring in a sizable raise, was acquired in exchange for some financial pliability.

There is a year left on DeBrincat’s current $19.2 million, the three-year contract before he becomes a restricted free agency. Next week, as soon as league regulations allow, the Senators hope to begin negotiations with DeBrincat’s agency regarding a contract, but the organization wants to make sure he’s a good match for coach Djibril Smith and his system.

Alex DeBrincat

When asked if he was interested in extending his contract, Dorion answered, “Of course.” “He was overjoyed. His excitement was palpable when he spoke with DJ and me earlier today. As far as he’s concerned, we have a really talented collection of young players. ”

The Chicago Blackhawks did not enter the draught with a first-round selection. A player of Alex’s caliber was an extremely difficult decision to make. Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson said, “We believe this transaction sets the Blackhawks up for future success by offering us extra options and future talent.

This early first-round pick and a second-round pick tomorrow allow us to strengthen our prospect foundation with high-end players who we expect to make a difference in the future years.”

When the Blackhawks made the deal, they were at a fork in the road about the future of their organization. As recently as 2015, the Chicago Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in six years, but the team hasn’t made the playoffs in any of the previous four seasons.

It’s likely that the DeBrincat move will raise more questions about Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, two of the most prominent Blackhawks players.

Even though Kane is still one of the league’s most exciting players at 33 years old, both Toews and Kane have no-movement clauses, which makes a trade extremely unlikely. However, the loss of DeBrincat may lead Kane or Toews to look for a new team.

A second-round pick in the 2016 draught, Chicago picked DeBrincat. His 5-foot-7 height was a detriment to his draught stock, even though he had a productive junior season with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

All of our worries were unjustified. The Blackhawks signed DeBrincat in 2017 and he has since become one of the league’s most prolific scorers. In 82 games, the winger scored 41 goals and had 37 assists, both career highs for him.

In 368 appearances, he has scored 160 goals and assisted on 147 of them. Despite this, the Michigan native has also developed as a defensive player since joining the NBA, becoming a more well-rounded player.

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