From the Blackhawks website, we learn of two contract signings made by the team today:â†µ
The Chicago Blackhawks have re-signed left wing Bryan Bickell to a three-year contract and right wing Jack Skille to a one-year contract.â†µ
Bickell, 23, posted career-bests with three goals and four points in a career-high 16 regular-season games with the Blackhawks during the 2009-10 season. Overall, the Bowmanville, Ontario, native has notched five goals, six points and nine penalty minutes in 23 career regular-season tilts with the Blackhawks over parts of three seasons (2006-07; 2007-08 and 2009-10).â†µ
Skille, 23, has appeared in 30 games with the Blackhawks over the last three seasons (2007-10) collecting eight points (5G, 3A) and five penalty minutes, including two points (G, A) in six regular-season games with Chicago during the 2009-10 campaign.â†µ
We still await news on whether Antti Niemi will go to his arbitration hearing tomorrow, or whether he and the team could settle beforehand.