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Jamal Mayers could have been irate and looked for work elsewhere. Few would blame him if he did after he was scratched in the playoffs by Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

Mayers went from being one of the Hawks' more consistent players in the regular season to being a healthy scratch against the Coyotes in the first round.

"It's tough as a competitor," Mayers said.

The Blackhawks didn't wait around for free agency to begin on July 1 this offseason to fill out their roster.

On Tuesday, the Hawks officially announced that Jamal Mayers received a one-year extension. But more important, defenseman Johnny Oduya also got a three-year deal.

By Ben Meyer-Abbott
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Not that the Blackhawks' first-round match up with the Phoenix Coyotes hasn't been without its fair share of chippiness, but it pales in comparison to some of the 5-on-5 brawls going on in some of the other series.

DETROIT -- Blackhawks tough guy Jamal Mayers has been in the NHL a long time, but he experienced a first Thursday against the Minnesota Wild.

He was head-butted.

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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