With the opening of free agency, a number of Blackhawks players hit the open market. One of them was late-season acquisition and former Blackhawks draft pick Vinnie Hinostroza. After stalling with the Florida Panthers last season, Hinostroza joined the Blackhawks late last year and exploded in the final 17 games of the season, tallying four goals and 12 points.
Now it appears Hinostroza will go to the open market and will not be returning to his “hometown” Blackhawks.
Vinnie Hinostroza will not be returning to Chicago, according to a source. #Blackhawks
— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) July 28, 2021
The Blackhawks have been busy this past week, signing Adam Gaudette and tendering qualifying offers to Alexander Nylander and Brandon Hagel. Chicago did not send a qualifying offer to Pius Suter and it looks like with the influx of middle-six forward options, the club is moving on from the feel-good story of Hinostroza’s return to the Blackhawks.
He’ll hit the open market and likely sign a sizable deal, given the kind of money middle and bottom-six forwards have been signing for today. Hinostroza has 112 career NHL points in 272 NHL games.