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Chicago Blackhawks sign defenseman Riley Stillman to three-year contract extension

Apr 15, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Riley Stillman (61) during the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed defenseman Riley Stillman to a three-year contract extension.

The deal announced Sunday runs through the 2023-24 campaign and carries an annual cap hit of $1.35 million.

Since being acquired in a trade with the Florida Panthers on April 8, Stillman has played in six games and registered 16 hits and eight blocked shots in 16:43 of average ice time.

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“Having a young, physical defenseman like Riley in the fold is exciting for the future of our team,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He is growing into an excellent all-around defenseman and that continued development is something we look forward to seeing firsthand. We love his size, and his toughness adds another piece to our defense.”

Stillman, 23, was set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

A fourth-round draft pick by Florida in 2016, the Ontario native has tallied five assists in 49 career games with the Panthers and Blackhawks.

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–Field Level Media