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Blackhawks again look to European free agency in search of the next Artemi Panarin or Erik Gustafsson

Blackhawks again look to European free agency in search of the next Artemi Panarin or Erik Gustafsson

The NHL draft won’t take place until late June, and free agency for players with expiring NHL contracts won’t begin until 10 days after.

That doesn’t mean the Blackhawks won’t be able to add an NHL-ready player this month without the pain of having to trade away players in their organization.

European free agency has been an important part of the Hawks’ strategy over the last decade with the signing of players such as Antti Niemi, Artemi Panarin, Erik Gustafsson and, just last year, Dominik Kahun. This year is no different with the Hawks reportedly hoping to sign 24-year-old Russian forward Ilya Mikheyev and 26-year-old Swedish forward Anton Wedin.

Those names may not...

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