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Stalberg, a speedy forward who is eligible for unrestricted free agency, said he is looking for consistent playing time and thinks he deserves it after scoring 43 goals and adding 47 assists over the past three seasons.

“I don’t know at this point,” he said when asked about coming back to the Blackhawks. “We’ll see what happens.”

Leddy, who played in every game this year, is a restricted free agent and could receive an offer sheet from another team. He has three NHL seasons under his belt and just turned 22 in March.

“We’re not letting Nick go,” Bowman said. “We’re going to keep him here. I’m not concerned about offer sheets.”

_Jamal Mayers, who played in just 19 games this season and turns 39 in October, said he will make a decision on his future in the next couple weeks. He also talked about how much it meant to him that Toews decided he would be third in line to hoist the Stanley Cup during the on-ice celebration.

“He’s really turned into an unbelievable leader,” Mayers said about Toews. “Everybody knows what he does on the ice, but his conscience and ability to see all pieces of the pie are I think what separate him at such a young age. It kind of reminds me about what people used to talk about Mark Messier.”


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