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Blackhawks Free Agency 2012: Chicago Signs Sheldon Brookbank To Two-Year Deal

The Chicago Blackhawks and Sheldon Brookbank have agreed to a two-year contract that'll bring the defenseman to the Windy City, as Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. The 31-year-old Canadian had spent the previous three-plus seasons playing for the Anaheim Ducks.

Looking to add depth to their blue line, the Blackhawks land a veteran to fit that need just a few hours into free agency, allowing the team to turn its efforts towards other issues. Some reports have even tied the Blackhawks to legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur.

In 80 games with Anaheim last year, Brookbank put up three goals and 11 assists, both career-high figures as he saw more playing time than ever.

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