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The Blackhawks have signed Philip Holm to a one-year contract.

After playing in Sweden from 2012 to 2017, Holm came to North America in 2018. He started the year with Vancouver, where he had 29 points (11G / 18A) in 42 games in Utica (AHL). He ended up being traded to the Golden Knights, posting nine points (1G / 8A) in 21 games with Chicago (AHL). The 27-year-old went to the KHL for the 2019 season and had 26 points (7G / 19A) in 61 games. The 27-year-old provides the Blackhawks with some D-depth but will likely start 2020 in the AHL.

Source: Chicago Blackhawks 08/15/19, 11:08 am EST

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The Blackhawks have acquired Zack Smith from the Senators for Artem Anisimov.

Smith had a career-year in 2016, scoring 25 goals with 11 assists (36 points) but has just 14 goals and 33 assists (47 points) in the last two seasons combined. With RFA Brendan Perlini still in need of a contract, the Blackhawks clear $1.3M by swapping Anisimov for Smith. The 31-year-old probably doesn’t have the same offensive upside as Anisimov, but should settle in as a quality bottom-6 option for Chicago, who has completely re-tooled that part of their roster this offseason.

Source: Chicago Blackhawks 07/16/19, 9:17 pm EST

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The Blackhawks have acquired Andrew Shaw and a 2021 seventh-round pick from the Canadiens for a 2020 second-round pick, 2021 third-round pick and a 2020 seventh-round.

Shaw is entering the fourth-year of a six-year contract that carries a $3.9M cap-hit. Shaw struggled in his first two seasons in Montreal but is coming off of a career-best 47 points (19G / 28A) in 63 games in the 2018-19 season. Shaw spent the first four and a half seasons of his career with Chicago, where he won two Stanley Cups.

Source: Chicago Blackhawks 06/30/19, 5:20 pm EST

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The Blackhawks have signed Dylan Sikura to a two-year contract worth $1.5M ($750K AAV).

Sikura was a prolific point producer during his time at Northeastern University but has not had the same success at the NHL-level yet. Last year he appeared in 46 AHL games and 33 NHL games. During his time in Rockford he had 17 goals and 18 assists (35 points) but registered just eight assists with the Blackhawks. The lack of wing depth in Chicago should allow Sikura to start the 2020 season in a middle-6 role with the opportunity to move up the lineup if he starts producing.

Source: Chicago Blackhawks 06/29/19, 10:27 am EST

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The Blackhawks have signed John Quenneville to a two-year extension worth $1.5M ($750K AAV).

Quenneville, who was a restricted free agent, was acquired from the Devils last week for John Hayden. The 23-year-old winger split last year between the AHL and NHL. With Binghamton (AHL), he had 18 goals and 21 assists (39 points) in 37 games but scored just one goal in 19 games with New Jersey. Quenneville projects to start the 2020 season on the Blackhawks’ third or fourth line.

Source: Chicago Blackhawks 06/29/19, 10:25 am EST

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The Blackhawks have acquired Aleksi Saarela and Calvin de Haan from the Hurricanes for Anton Forsberg and Gustav Forsling.

Saarela was originally a third-round pick of the Rangers but has spent the last two full seasons with Charlotte (AHL). This season, Saarela was second among Checkers with 54 points (30G / 24A) in 69 games. Saarela has a good chance to crack the Blackhawks roster out of training camp.

Source: Chicago Blackhawks 06/24/19, 11:03 pm EST

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The Blackhawks have acquired Calvin de Haan and Aleksi Saarela from the Hurricanes for Anton Forsberg and Gustav Forsling.

In his first and only season with the Hurricanes, de Haan registered one goal with 13 assists (14 points) in 74 gmaes. It was the worst statistical season of de Haan’s 378-game career. The 28-year-old has three year’s left with $4.55M cap-hit and represents the second offseason addition to the Blackhawks blueline—they acquired Olli Maatta from the Penguins just over a week ago.

Source: Chicago Blackhawks 06/24/19, 11:01 pm EST

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The Blackhawks have acquired John Quenneville from the Devils for John Hayden.

Quenneville split his 2019 season between the NHL and AHL, picking up one goal and zero assists for the Devils. However, during his time in Binghamton, Quenneville was a prolific point producer. He had 39 points (18G / 21A) in 37 games. The Blackhawks have a weak bottom-6, so Quenneville should be a full-time NHLer in 2020.

Source: Chicago Blackhawks 06/23/19, 7:59 pm EST

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The Blackhawks have acquired Olli Maatta from the Penguins for Dominik Kahun and a 2019 fifth-round pick.

Maatta was a first-round pick in 2012 but fell out of favour in Pittsburgh this past season. The Penguins brought in Jack Johnson and acquired Erik Gudbranson at the trade deadline and continued to push Maatta down the depth chart. The 24-year-old has had some injury issues throughout his career and is coming off of a season where he had 14 points (1G / 13A) in 60 games. Maatta, who has three years left at $4.083M AAV, will likely play on the Blackhawks third pairing.

Source: Chicago Blackhawks 06/16/19, 10:36 am EST

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The Blackhawks signed Slater Koekkoek to a one-year, $925K extension.

Koekkoek started the year in Tampa Bay before being traded to Chicago on January 11th and picking up one goal and four assists (five points) in 22 games with the Blackhawks. The 25-year-old now has 19 points (6G / 13A) in 107 career NHL games and figures to be a depth defenseman with the Blackhawks next year.

Source: Chicago Blackhawks 05/13/19, 7:38 pm EST

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