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Blackhawks sign Brunette Mayers, O'Donnell, McLean, Carcillo

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Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman wasted little time when free agency opened Friday morning signing four veterans to one-year contracts: winger Andrew Brunette, tough guy Jamal Mayers, defenseman Sean O'Donnell and former Hawk Brett McLean.

According to Canada's TSN, Mayers will get $550,000 and O'Donnell $850,000, while McLean got a two-way contract worth $525,000 in the NHL. Brunette will make $2 million. McLean is the youngest at 32 years old.

"I''m there to provide energy, kill penalties and knock some bodies around," Mayers said on TSN. "Obviously, last year was a disappointment for [the Hawks], but I definitely think they could be back where they should be."

Late Friday, Bowman made a surprise move, signing renowned agitator Dan Carcillo, who Hawks fans should remember from the Stanley Cup Finals, to a one-year deal worth a reported $775,000.

From the Hawks official release:

Brunette, 37, is a veteran of 1,032 National Hockey League regular-season games, collecting 256 goals, 450 assists and 706 points, which includes finishing third on the Minnesota Wild with 46 points (18G, 28A) while appearing in all 82 contests last season. The Sudbury, Ontario, native has also skated with the Washington Capitals (1995-98), Nashville Predators (1998-99), Atlanta Thrashers (1999-2001), Colorado Avalanche (2005-08) and Wild (2001-04; 2008-11) during his 15-year NHL career.

Dating back to the start of the 1998-99 season, Brunette has played the most games (970) of any NHL player and has missed just two contests over the last eight regular seasons. He tied for first on Minnesota with eight power-play goals last season, a campaign that saw him appear in his 1,000th regular-season game (February 1). Washington's sixth pick, 174th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Brunette has also appeared in 43 career Stanley Cup Playoff tilts, racking up 34 points (16G, 18A).

Mayers, 36, registered three goals, 11 assists and a +3 plus/minus rating in 78 regular-season games with the San Jose Sharks during the 2010-11 campaign, and skated in 12 Stanley Cup Playoffs contests. He also accrued 124 penalty minutes which paced the club during the season, and ranked fourth among team forwards with 105 hits.

Originally selected by the St. Louis Blues in the third round (89th overall) of the 1993 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Mayers has recorded 202 points (84 G, 118A) and 1,093 penalty minutes in 815 career regular-season games over parts of 13 NHL seasons with St. Louis (1996-2008), Toronto Maple Leafs (2008-10), Calgary Flames (2010) and San Jose (2010-11). The Toronto native is also a veteran of 60 career Stanley Cup Playoffs contests, notching 13 points (5G, 8A) and 32 penalty minutes.

McLean, 32, notched 27 points (10G, 17A) and 22 penalty minutes in 2010-11 in 50 games with Bern of the Swiss League, where he has spent the last two seasons. Originally selected by the Dallas Stars in the ninth round (242nd overall) of the 1997 Entry Draft, McLean previously skated for the Blackhawks from 2002-04, recording 11 goals, 20 assists and 54 penalty minutes in 78 regular-season tilts. The Comox, British Columbia, native has posted 162 points (56G, 106A) in 385 career regular-season games over parts of six NHL seasons with Chicago, Colorado Avalanche (2005-07) and Florida Panthers (2007-09) and registered one assist in eight Stanley Cup Playoffs games with Colorado in 2006.

O'Donnell, 39, collected 17 assists and 18 points in 81 regular-season games with the Philadelphia Flyers last season during his 16th NHL campaign. The Ottawa native, who helped the Anaheim Ducks capture the Stanley Cup in 2007, has appeared in 1,173 career regular-season contests, racking up 222 points (31G, 191A) and 1,786 penalty minutes. He has also helped his clubs reach the Stanley Cup playoffs 10 times during his career, notching 19 points (6G, 13A) and 129 penalty minutes, which includes helping the New Jersey Devils reach the Final in 2001.

O'Donnell has also skated with the Los Angeles Kings (1994-2000; 2008-10), Wild (2000-01), Devils (2001), Boston Bruins (2001-04), Phoenix Coyotes (2005-06), Anaheim (2006-08) and Philadelphia (2010-11), finishing last season 10th on the NHL's active list in games played.

Carcillo, 26, recorded six points (2G, 4A), including two game-winning goals, and ranked second on the team with 127 penalty minutes in 57 regular-season contests during the 2010-11 campaign with the Philadelphia Flyers. He added two goals, one assist and 30 penalty minutes in 11 Stanley Cup Playoffs tilts, and registered a +2 plus/minus rating in the postseason.

Originally selected in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Carcillo has posted 36 goals, 37 assists and 986 penalty minutes in 282 career regular-season games over parts of five seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes (2006-2009) and Philadelphia (2009-11). He led the Flyers in penalty minutes (207) and hits (194) during the 2009-10 campaign, and paced the NHL with 324 penalty minutes in 2007-08 with the Coyotes.

The King City, Ontario, native has also notched five goals, six assists and 69 penalty minutes in 33 career Stanley Cup Playoffs tilts, which includes a run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final with the Flyers.

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39,37,36---wow looks like bowmans going the other way on experience, grit, determination, and age than he did last season---which by the way should be considered an epic failure. They couldnt put together win streaks, couldnt pull themselves out of funks, couldnt get the "must wins", backed into the playoffs, and laid down the first 3 games...they saw their stars get pushed around, no retatilion, no strong in front of net prescence, no tough D guys. Just hope he doesnt kill the young guy chemistry he has had with the core of this team...I mean a 22 year old captain and this many over 35 guys could prove intereseting...frankly I dont think Toews has a clue on how to pull or motivate grown men out of playing funks..he tends to turtle and go silent instead of talk it up, get in faces, hold meetings, etc...showing leadership just with on ice ability can only go so far...you need maturity and experience in dealing with people for the off ice leadership that is needed...he may bump heads with older guys who've been around, or they may take the lead in his turtling and silence moments. Not sure if good or bad just yet...just know bowmans trying something different, which I guess is good--but he thought it was good last season trying something different and it bombed miserably.

you are a moron

I'm not certain yet but it appears that the Panthers have a better GM than we have (all the worst that he used to be ours). Time will tell but I'm not impressed with Bowman's moves today - especially when we could have re-acquired Big Buff and maybe got someone like Arnott to bolster the third line. Right now, we only got marginally better or tayed the same, which is not a road back to the Stanley Cup.

you take a numbers guy make him GM and this is what you get. They'll be more blood on the ice than pucks in the net. Nice going Stanley!

Really Presidential? The Jets aren't giving up Buff anytime soon and Hawks don't want that salary back. do you know anything about hockey? And Bagwhan, you must be a bandwagoner. Multiple times last year Toews put his foot down on this team and ripped into them and acted like a leader. These guys signed today are going to keep other teams tough guys off of our stars. I am not a big fan of the Carcillo signing, but hey, 750k, Ill take the gamble.

your comments are total bs, you say one thing , and then say it differently. read it again gubber

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