Monday, June 26, 2017

Blackhawks ink Forsberg, Jurco to contracts

By Randy Holndoner (@bhawkschatter)

Monday, the Chicago Blackhawks signed goaltender, Anton Forsberg to a 2-year, $1.5mil contract and forward, Tomas Jurco to a 1-year $800,000 contract.

Forsberg, 24, was part of the Brandon Saad/Artemi Panarin trade last Friday.  His contract is a one-way contract, meaning that he is all but guaranteed to be the replacement for Scott Darling, who was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in April.  Forsberg played one game for the Columbus Blue Jackets last year, but he Blackhawks were impressed with his play with the Cleveland Monsters in the AHL playoffs last year.

Jurco, 24, was acquired in February from the Detroit Red Wings.  He appeared in 29 games for the Blackhawks with one goal.  The Hawks still have hope that he will be lightning caught in a bottle as for when they traded for Richard Panik two years ago.

With the signings, shows the Blackhawks just a shade under $3mil over the salary cap, with 22 players under contract.  With rumors of still a possible Marcus Kruger trade ($3mil), it would bring the Blackhawks under the salary cap.

With Marian Hossa headed to LTIR ($5.2mil), the Hawks would then have room to sign a forward to replace the vacancy of Artemi Panarin.  Free agency stars on July 1st.

After all that Stan Bowman has done to this point, it isn't enough yet.  What else does he have up his sleeve?

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