The Chicago Blackhawks and restricted free agent Brendan Perlini remain at a bit of a standoff when it comes to a new contract.
When all is said and done, it won't be a bank breaking contract however the Blackhawks only have $3.3million left in salary cap space so every dollar counts at the moment.
The 23 year old is coming off a contract that saw him earn $1.3million a season per season over the last three seasons and the forward is looking for a small pay raise.
According to Scott Powers of The Athletic, Perlini is looking for $1.5million while the Blackhawks are currently only offering $1million which would be an actual pay cut.
Perlini has 72 points in 199 NHL games and registered 15 points in 46 games for the Blackhawks last year which included 12 goals.
“To be honest, I don’t really have too much to say about all that,” Perlini said. “You’re better off talking to my agent or Stan. It’s a process and all that stuff. Yeah, you guys probably know more than me honestly.
“I’m definitely not sitting by the phone every minute, ‘What’s going on? What’s going on?’ Like you’re going to drive yourself nuts. For me, I prepare and train and improve and get better every day to expect like I’m playing and everything. I fully prepare the same way and whatnot. It’s obviously my first experience going through this. It’s cool to learn some new stuff going through this. It’s pretty good so far.”