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By Ben Meyer-Abbott
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When the Blackhawks convene for training camp in September, it doesn't appear Andrew Brunette will be among those returning to the team.

DENVER -- Veteran winger Andrew Brunette made a surprise appearance on the ice for the Blackhawks morning skate Tuesday at the Pepsi Center. And, there's a chance he'll play against the Colorado Avalanche.

Andrew Brunette's injury situation was disconcerting at one point. But after returning to Chicago and getting examined by the Blackhawks doctors, things apparently looked better than they seemed.

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:

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