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Blackhawks, F Reese Johnson agree to 2-year extension

April 13, 2022 GMT
Buffalo Sabres' Alex Tuch (89) watches his shot score past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Kevin Lankinen as Reese Johnson also defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 28, 2022, in Chicago. The Sabres won 6-5. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Buffalo Sabres' Alex Tuch (89) watches his shot score past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Kevin Lankinen as Reese Johnson also defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 28, 2022, in Chicago. The Sabres won 6-5. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Buffalo Sabres' Alex Tuch (89) watches his shot score past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Kevin Lankinen as Reese Johnson also defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 28, 2022, in Chicago. The Sabres won 6-5. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Buffalo Sabres' Alex Tuch (89) watches his shot score past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Kevin Lankinen as Reese Johnson also defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 28, 2022, in Chicago. The Sabres won 6-5. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Buffalo Sabres' Alex Tuch (89) watches his shot score past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Kevin Lankinen as Reese Johnson also defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 28, 2022, in Chicago. The Sabres won 6-5. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a two-year contract extension with forward Reese Johnson.

The team announced the deal on Wednesday. It runs through the 2023-24 season with an $800,000 salary-cap hit.

The 23-year-old Johnson has one goal and five assists in 28 games this season. He made his NHL debut for Chicago last year.

“Reese’s work ethic and competitiveness are characteristics we’re always looking for in players we have in our system,” general manager Kyle Davidson said in a release. “He is difficult to play against and brings a hard-nosed mentality to each game. Possessing those attributes makes us excited to be able to keep him in the fold of our organization.”

Johnson was originally signed by Chicago in 2019 as an undrafted free agent.

The Blackhawks are rebuilding under Davidson, who took over as GM when the team announced on March 1 that it was dropping his interim tag. They have lost eight in a row heading into Thursday night’s game against San Jose.

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