Chicago Blackhawks Sign Veteran Forward

Just one day after acquiring his UFA rights from the Boston Bruins, the Chicago Blackhawks have signed veteran forward Nick Foligno to a one-year, $4 million contract.

With Foligno signed, the Blackhawks have added another experienced player to help mentor Conor Bedard and the club's other young players. The 35-year-old is of course a former captain and has been heavily praised for his leadership over the years because of it. Yet, more importantly, he is still an effective player at this juncture of his career.

After a rough first season as a Bruin, Foligno bounced back beautifully in 2022-23, posting 26 points in 60 games played. This is solid production when noting that he primarily played fourth-line minutes. With that, he made a notable impact with his physicality.

The Blackhawks are making it clear that they are willing to add players to their group even with them rebuilding. Perhaps the Hall and Foligno acquisitions are an indicator that they will be busy on July 1. We will need to wait and see what happens on that front from here.

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