Blackhawks sign Artem Anisimov to a 5-year contract extension

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The Blackhawks have extended the contract of newly acquired forward Artem Anisimov for five more years.

CHICAGO – After a successful 2014-2015 season many people thought that Brandon Saad would be with the Blackhawks for the long haul.

In the end, however, it’s the guy that the Hawks traded Saad for that will call Chicago home for the next half-decade.

On Wednesday morning the Blackhawks announced that they’ve extended the contract of newly acquired forward Artem Anisimov for five years through the 2020-2021 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Anisimov was picked up from the Blue Jackets along with fellow forwards Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp along with a 2016 NHL 4th round pick in exchange for Saad, forward Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta.

With Columbus this past season Anisimov scored 7 goals and had 20 assists in 52 games. In the NHL since 2008 the forward spent his first four seasons in New York with the Rangers and the past three with the Blue Jackets.

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