Chicago Blackhawks Player News: Centers

News: Kruger signed a two-year contract with the ZSC Lions in Switzerland on Friday.
Impact: Kruger is coming off a 2018-19 campaign with the Blackhawks where he posted 12 points in 74 appearances. Now, after nine seasons in the NHL, the 29-year-old Swede will be spending the next two seasons back closer to home.
News: Kampf signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Blackhawks on Monday.
Impact: Kampf has developed into a solid bottom-six option for Chicago over the past two campaigns, tallying eight goals and 30 points in 109 appearances while averaging 13:26 of ice time per contest. The 24-year-old will continue to fill a similar role for the Blackhawks over the next two seasons, but he'll probably never produce enough offense to warrant consideration in the vast majority of fantasy formats.
News: Carpenter signed a three-year, $3 million contract with the Blackhawks on Monday, Chris Kuc of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Carpenter appeared in 68 games with the Golden Knights in 2018-19, tallying five goals and 18 points over that span. The 28-year-old will likely center the Blackhawks' fourth line while also contributing as a penalty killer in 2019-20, but he won't produce enough offense to be worth consideration in most fantasy formats.
News: Quenneville signed a two-year contract extension with Chicago on Friday.
Impact: Quenneville was never able to carve out a role with New Jersey after being selected by the Devils in the first round of the 2014 draft, tallying five points in 33 NHL appearances spread over three seasons, but he displayed tremendous upside during his time in the minors, racking up 119 points in 138 contests. The first year of his extension with the Blackhawks is two-way, but the second year is one-way, which suggests Chicago believes he'll be ready for a permanent spot in its lineup in 2020-21. Quenneville may never live up to his first-round billing, but he should develop into a solid bottom-six forward for the Blackhawks over the next two seasons.
News: Sikura signed a two-year contract extension with the Blackhawks on Friday.
Impact: The first year of Sikura's extension is a two-way deal, but it transitions into a one-way deal in its second year, which suggests the Blackhawks are confident he'll be ready for a full-time NHL role in 2020-21. The 2014 sixth-round pick showed promise as a point producer during his time with AHL Rockford last season, notching 17 goals and 18 assists in 46 contests, but he'll likely never achieve that level of success with the big club.
News: Kampf is currently in negotiations with the Blackhawks on a new contract, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Chicago didn't extend a qualifying offer to Kampf on Tuesday, so if they're unable to get a deal done before July 1, he'll become an unrestricted free agent. However, it sounds like both sides are interested in having him return in 2019-20, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him re-signed prior to that date. The 24-year-old winger was a solid bottom-six contributor for the Blackhawks this season, notching four goals and 19 points in 63 contests while also serving as one of the team's primary penalty killers.
News: Johnson didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Blackhawks on Tuesday, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Johnson wasn't going to be anything more than an organizational depth option for Chicago in 2019-20, so it makes sense for both parties to go their separate ways. He'll be seeking a two-way deal with a new organization once he hits free agency on July 1.
News: The Blackhawks have extended Kampf a qualifying offer, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Blackhawks and Kampf are reportedly already negotiating a new deal, so it's clear that both sides are interested in him reprising his bottom-six role in 2019-20. The 24-year-old winger notched four goals and 19 points in 63 games this campaign.
News: The Blackhawks have extended Sikura a qualifying offer, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Sikura hasn't done much at the NHL level since turning pro in 2017-18, picking up 11 points in 38 games, but he was pretty productive in the minors last season, racking up 17 goals and 35 points in 46 appearances, so it's not surprising that the Blackhawks aren't willing to give up on him yet. The 2014 sixth-round pick will likely sign a short-term deal to remain with Chicago in the coming weeks.
News: Saarela and Calvin de Haan were dealt to Chicago from Carolina in exchange for Anton Forsberg and Gustav Forsling on Monday.
Impact: Saarela racked up 30 goals and 54 points in 69 games for AHL Charlotte last season but has yet to make his NHL debut. The 22-year-old likely could've fought for a bottom-six spot during the preseason with the Hurricanes. Chicago drafted Saarela's brother, Antti, this weekend at the 2019 NHL Draft.
News: Quenneville is now a member of the Blackhawks following a trade Saturday that saw John Hayden head to the Devils, reports Frank Seravalli of
Impact: Quenneville has proven he can score in the minors, but has struggled to translate that into offense in the NHL. But his reliability should mean he gets a shot at a lower line in Chicago, where stalled careers go to be reignited.
News: Schroeder will try his luck in the KHL with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod after signing a one-year deal with the club Friday.
Impact: It will be the first taste of European hockey for Schroeder, who came up through the US Development team before playing for the University of Minnesota. Since his collegiate day, the center split time in the AHL and NHL, making a total of 165 appearances for Vancouver, Minnesota and Columbus, in which he registered 18 goals and 24 helpers. With his move overseas, the 28-year-old has likely played in his last NHL contests.
News: Moutrey signed a one-year deal with AHL Rockford on Monday.
Impact: The deal will keep Moutrey in Rockford through 2019-20. Last season, the 23-year-old managed a goal and four assists in 49 games with the IceHogs but has yet to appear in an NHL game to this point in his career.