Little Andrew Shaw just got a big pay day from the Blackhawks. On Tuesday the club decided to extend the forward with a new two-year deal. The deal is reportedly worth an average of $2 million annually.
Andrew Shaw's two-year contract extension with CHI has an AAV of $2M.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 12, 2013
With the extension the club will avoid Shaw being a restricted free agent this summer. It leaves GM Stan Bowman with little to worry about this upcoming summer. The Hawks now have 15 players locked up through next season.
Brandon Bollig is the most likely to return restricted free agent, while some choices will have to be made with the trio of Jeremy Morin, Brandon Pirri and Ben Smith will be all be restricted free agents. Michal Handuz, Brad Mills, Michael Kostka, Sheldon Brookbank and the struggling Nikolai Khabibulin are all unrestricted as well.
This extension for Shaw is well deserved and adds to an already great story. He was passed over in the draft twice before being drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. That season he played in 37 games and played in every game last season.
For his career he has played in 103 games and has scored 25 goals and has tallied 24 assists in the NHL. In last year's postseason he scored 5 goals, added 4 assists and took a puck to the face that no one will ever forget in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Shaw came into the league as a gritty forward not afraid to mix it up but has proven over the last two seasons that he is much more than that.Besides centering the third line he continues to get a lot of ice time on the power play and so far this season seems much smarter on avoiding stupid penalties.
Congrats to Shaw and at just 22 years old I am sure we haven't seen the best of him. So here is to more #Shawfacts as the legend of Andrew Shaw continues to grow.