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Andrew Shaw signs two-year extension with Chicago Blackhawks

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Andrew Shaw (center) has signed a two-year extension to stay with the Blackhawks. (USATSI)
Andrew Shaw (center) has signed a two-year extension to stay with the Blackhawks. (USATSI)

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One of the iconic images of the Chicago Blackhawks' run to the Stanley Cup was the blood-drenched face of Andrew Shaw who took a puck to the face, got stitched up and returned to Game 6 of the Cup Final. As a result, Shaw has become somewhat of a cult hero in Chicago. Now he's a cult hero with a new contract.

Shaw signed a two-year contract extension with the club Tuesday to remain a member of the Blackhawks until 2015-16. Shaw's entry-level deal, which came with a miniscule $577,500 cap hit, was due to expire at the end of this season.

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Shaw's new deal comes with an annual cap hit of $2 million starting next season. That makes for a rather sensible deal for a player that has been outperforming his value for a while.

The money also gives the Blackhawks some added flexibility when it comes to re-signing stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, who will be due raises at the end of the 2014-15 season.

The fact that Shaw made it to the NHL at all is quite an accomplishment. He was passed over in two drafts before the Blackhawks selected him in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Draft, making his odds of ever getting to the league quite long.

Utilized more as an agitator in his first two seasons with the Blackhawks, Shaw is off to a terrific start in his third NHL campaign with 11 points in 18 games. He has become a solid source of scoring depth for the Blackhawks of late, but still brings that edgy style to the ice.

The 22-year-old center has 49 points in 103 games for Chicago, as well as nine points in 23 playoff contests.

Among his contributions to Chicago's championship squad, Shaw scored the overtime game-winning goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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