Philipp Kurashev Arbitration Decision Comes In With 2-Year Deal

An arbitrator has made a decision on a new contract for Chicago Blackhawks forward Philipp Kurashev, leaning slightly in favor of the player. 

It'll be a two-year deal for Kurashev with a $2.25M cap hit. The 23-year-old had filed a request seeking a one-year contract worth $2.65M, while the Blackhawks offered a two-year deal with a $1.4M cap hit. 

AFP Analytics had projected a $1.76M cap hit, so despite the player's asking price, this has to be considered a win for him. 

Kurashev, who just completed his 3rd season in the NHL, is coming off a minimum contract at $750,000. He posted a career-best 25 points in 70 games, though that came with a minus-32 plus/minus rating. 

The contract leaves the Hawks with just over $13M in cap space, as Kurashev was the last free agent case for them to settle. 

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