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Dylan Strome Not Expected To Receive Qualifying Offer


July 7th, 2022 at 2:51pm CST • By Gavin Lee


In the ongoing Chicago Blackhawks teardown, another young(ish) forward is about to walk out the door. Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that Dylan Strome is not expected to receive a qualifying offer next week, which would make him an unrestricted free agent. The deadline to submit qualifying offers is July 11.


For those who have watched Strome’s up-and-down tenure with the Blackhawks since arriving in 2018, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The team has been trying to trade the center for quite some time, even despite his strong offensive production in the back half of this season.


Strome, 25, would be an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent if the Blackhawks did extend him the $3.6MM qualifying offer he would need, making him a pricey asset. That is the same number that any acquiring team would need to hand out, which may explain why no one would want to give up a prime asset for him at this point–especially knowing that Chicago will likely be walking away.


His addition to the free agent pool is interesting though, as Strome has always shown great offensive ability. Even this year, between stints in the press box as a healthy scratch, he managed to rack up 22 goals and 48 points in 69 games. It’s the rest of his game that has been criticized since he entered the league and the thing that has kept him from fulfilling the promise he once held as the third-overall pick in 2015. The Blackhawks basically refused to start him in the defensive zone this year, with only Patrick Kane and Erik Gustafsson receiving a higher percentage of offensive zone starts.


Still, for a team that is desperate for offense, there’s little doubt that he can provide it. In 225 games for Chicago, Strome racked up 60 goals and 154 points, an 82-game rate that would result in 22 goals and 56 points. In other situations, he might be looking at a long-term extension with a big dollar figure, instead of being cut loose without a qualifying offer.

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Chicago knows how to blow it up lol. They’re gunning for the Bedard sweepstakes next year for sure, trying to pull the same tank job the season they got Kane

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I don't understand how Chicago couldn't move Strome over a full year... for anything, to anyone.


I get he had a QO, but it's not even crazy high  - 3.6M. You think some team would take a chance on that. I feel like there must be something known about him that isn't clear to fans?


His on ice product is great, he's got a very high hockey IQ, able to finish and drive plays, is mobile for his large-ish frame (6'3/200 pounds). Not used in a defensive role at all, but doesn't have bad underlying defense stats as a center.


He has a few Canuck connections now: played well under Jeremy Colliton, played 3 jr. seasons with Dermott, played AHL as young prospects with Connor Garland, and some Arizona time with captain OEL. Maybe these guys have the inside scoop.


Ultimately, I think he would be a great pick up on a 2 year/5.8M (2.9M AAV) for the Canucks if they move Miller. Could replace Miller's offense in the top-6, play LW where the Canucks could use some scoring, or he could slide into 3C, and either run the 2nd PP at C or replace Miller on the 1st. I'm guessing he's signing for less than 3.6 AAV if no one wanted him at that QO.


Kuzie - Petey - Boeser

Pearson - Horvat - Garland

Hoglander - Strome - Podkolzin

Dickinson - Lammikko - Highmore



Hughes - RHD from JT trade (Marino?)

OEL - Myers

Rathbone - Dermott

Burroughs - Schenn





That's pretty good depth if the RHD brought in is a true top-4 defenseman. The team is improved in subtle ways, the break out would be better, on a team that played well after the Bruce bump IMO.


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