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Blackhawks decline to offer Dominik Kubalik, Dylan Strome; waive 2

Apr 23, 2022; San Jose, California, USA;  Chicago Blackhawks left wing Dominik Kubalik (8) reaches for the puck during the first period against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks chose not to tender qualifying offers to forwards Dominik Kubalik and Dylan Strome, making both unrestricted free agents Monday.

Chicago announced it made qualifying offers to defenseman Caleb Jones and center Philipp Kurashev.

The Blackhawks also placed forwards Henrik Borgstrom and Brett Connolly on unconditional waivers Monday for the purpose of a buyout.

Kubalik, 26, spent his first three NHL seasons with Chicago and was a 30-goal scorer as a rookie before tallying 15 goals and 17 assists across 78 games in 2021-22.

Strome, 25, tallied 48 points (22 goals, 26 assists) in 69 games last season for the Blackhawks.

Kubalik and Strome are the latest talented forwards to leave Chicago, which dealt Alex DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators and Kirby Dach to the Montreal Canadiens this month as part of a rebuild.

Jones, 25, came to Chicago before last season in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers. He tallied career highs in games (51), goals (five) and assists (10).

Kurashev, 22, saw action in 67 games last season and had six goals and 15 assists.

Borgstrom, 24, joined the Blackhawks last season after three years with the Florida Panthers. In 52 games, he notched seven points (four goals, three assists).

Connolly, 30, only got into 19 games across two seasons with the Blackhawks, who were his fifth NHL team after previous stops with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and Panthers.

–Field Level Media